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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 GarrettMD
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - SLightly hazy yellow with a nice orange hue. Lot of bubbles rising up, frothy 2 finger head that stays around forever. Leaves a nice layer of lacing on the edge of the glass.

S - Lots of sweet malts and citrus hops on the aroma. Mostly malt up front with the sweet citrus hops coming in next. Very well balanced aroma. Definitely some floral hops in there too.

T - Taste follows with the aroma. Mostly a malt backbone with hops being secondary in the flavor. Sweet caramel flavors with a nice balance of lemon and even a hint of blueberries.

M - Sticky sweet mouthfeel with very nice carbonation. Finish is a nice balance of sweet and bitter from the hops with a piney aftertaste mixed with oranges.

O - Very good IPA. I am having this a little late I think. I held on to it for a little too long so this should probably get better scores from me, but for now it will stay as is.

GarrettMD, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of FUNKPhD
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got lucky enough to get a hold of some bottles, unfortunately, not something available in the area..

From Notes:
Pours amber with a nice white head which lingers. Has a sweet hoppiness aroma to it; definitely smells like a good beer. Taste the hoppiness, piney. Refreshingly bitter. Nice hop tingly mouthfeel.

I've got a buddy making a clone of it, maybe I'll try to get one going, or wait until Bell's ships it to Houston..

FUNKPhD, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in my tankard. Born on date 8/19/2011

Appearance- Pours a great looking American IPA! Marmalade color with slightly tan and/or off-white, almost creamy head. One of the creamiest looking heads I've seen on an IPA.

Nose: Its for a real malty backbone, a very citrusy front, and some hops sandwiched right in the middle. Pleasantly burns the nostrils.

Taste: For a beer that is so fruity in the nose, the taste is substantially less citrusy and quite a bit more dry. However, it is still very balanced. Right in the middle is a sweet moment before the dry, bitter finish. Classic. Its all held together by its malty backbone. Two hearts indeed!

Mouth: Even carbonation. Dances on the tongue. Dry in the back on the finish. Very smooth in the mouth...dry in the throat.

Overall: Two Hearted Ale really is a classic. Its so well balanced, and yet unbridled because it is so incredibly dry and hoppy. This will probably become one of my go-to beers, for sure!

paxchristi, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of alli4051
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a clear, bright, copper with two fingers of thick, bone white head. Head recedes slowly and leaves decent lacing. Nose is big on citrusy hops. Taste is, as expected, definitely hop forward. Lots of citrus and pine hops with a faint grainy backbone. Has a nice sharp hop bitterness without being overwhelming or too much of a hop bomb. Medium bodied with a bit of a sticky finish. Honestly I don't know if this one could have ever lived up to the hype for me; however, it came pretty close and that still says a lot. Definitely glad I finally got a chance to try this.

alli4051, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of bramsdell
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A: Deep golden body with a 1.5 finger white head. The head actually never fully recedes. I'm halfway through the whole thing right now and there is still a full, white head that remains. I am extremely impressed.

S: Wonderful. I am not a huge hop-head, but I am always willing to try something new. The first smell is that of the hops. A general hops scent, maybe a little piney, but nothing specific. The reason that this beer blew me away was the fact that I could smell the malts almost immediately. The secondary rush of smell is fantastic. The malt aroma is subtle, but it is thick, mild and almost roasted. The balance of smell is probably my personal favorite of any IPA I've had.

T: Well, the smell was wonderful...and the taste follows. Just like the smell, hops hit first, a little bitter, a little citrus-y. There is also a hint of pine in those first notes. However, there is none of the super-bitter feel that so many IPA seem to have these days. Hops are great, but a balanced beer is so nice, and this is a balanced beer. The initial hoppiness is mellowed out quickly by a richer malt flavor. The final flavor left on the tongue is hoppy, reminding the drinker that this is, after all, a full IPA.

M: Again, it's great. Light and crisp, for sure, due to those hops. However, the beer is thicker than the crispness would indicate. Also a nice level of carbonation.

O: Great beer. Nothing else need be said.

bramsdell, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 1.5cm off-white head composed mostly of very fine bubbles, occasionally interrupted by those of larger size. Head retention is excellent maintaining, about 0.5cm even several minutes into the beer. Lacing is likewise quite good and decorative. Body is a fairly light orange-copper in color, hazy, with active carbonation along the sides. This hits all the right buttons, visually.

Scent features very modest caramel and bread-like malt tones fairly subsumed by a minor deluge of grapefruit, pine, and very light grassy hop scents. Actually somewhat attempting balance, and overall quite nice.

Taste opens with fairly assertive grapefruit and pine hop flavors. This transitions to a little light malt sweetness mixed with grapefruit rind and general hop bitterness. This then fades to a finishing close with some lemon-like bitterness, almost almost almost lactic(!) like sourness. Aftertaste is of a biscuits, bittering hops, and some residual citrus and even tropical notes. Nicely done.

--note: in older bottles I've tried, much of the hop complexity has faded and what lingers is a generalized hop bitterness and citrus profile. While this is generic and harsher, it's still a fairly good taste for an IPA--

The beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied, right for the style, with moderate levels of carbonation (not too high or low). Finish is dry, slightly puckering.

A very nice American IPA, true to the style and satisfying to drink. Hits all the right spots, will look forward to trying again. I've had both fresh and a few months old, and the fresher you get this beer, the more enjoyable it is. A bit of age is fine, but the complexity isn't as strong.

falloutsnow, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a Three Floyds pint glass, bottled on 8/19/2011

A golden marmalade color with a half finger head that sticks around for a little bit. Plenty of bubbles dance to the top quickly. Some lacing as it is drank down.

Zesty grapefruit and lemon hit your nose first, then some residual bitterness from some piney hops. A little grassy as well. Some sweet fruits like pineapple and mango too, with a touch of cane sugar and honey sweetness behind the hops and fruit. Some earthy notes throughout.

Big citrus zest on the tongue at first, then moves into the bitter piney and grassy notes. Grapefruit zest, tangerines and grass are the most dominant flavors but with a touch of other fruits like mango and pineapple too.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. It's not spritzy like it should be by the looks of it. Some tongue drying bitterness on the finish that leaves a nice dry quench, but still a little sticky on the lips.

Great citrus and sweet fruit flavors with some tongue biting bitterness. One of my favorite go to IPAs that I can get around here. Surprised I haven't reviewed this before, I drink a lot of this stuff year round.

auroracrisis, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of rwathree
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: this is an opaque beer that grades golden to caramel brown from bottom to top. Fluffy cap of white head with staying power, which leaves substantial lacing.

S: aroma is fairly subdued, really. I'm mostly getting light floral hops, with some citrus notes too.

T: hoppy to start - purely floral hops, lavender comes to mind - and a touch of oak. The alcohol is pretty subdued, too.

M: good carbonation and medium body.

This is my go-to beer at one of my favorite bars in town, and it definitely stands up to scrutiny. It might just be my poor sense of smell, but I'd like a bolder aroma. Two Hearted is a perfect, if dangerous, session beer.

rwathree, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Big cream colored head with good retention. Hazy orange body.

Smell - Very mild hoppiness. Not much complexity while cold. Maybe when it warms... (waits) Yep. Warming up brought it to life.

Taste - Sweet. Hoppy. Moderate to high hop body. Balanced but no where near bland. Light sweet finish and bitter hop aftertaste. Slight astringency in the finish is somewhat masked by the short, thin sweetness of the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very hoppy bite. Lingering bite. Clean. Crisp.

Overall Drinkability - Best American IPA I've had so far. No real weakness.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Demer
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a a white head. Leaves behind a nice lacing after the head dissipates. The nose on this is piney grapefruit with some biscuit. Taste is more citrus and pine, but its balanced. Niether hops or bitterness dominate, its definitely a balanced beer. This is insanely drinkable. If Bells distributed to NJ I would always have this in my fridge.

Demer, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy golden yellow-orange with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a film. Thin broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fresh floral and piney hops and citrus aromas. Taste is of very nice floral/herbal hops, citrus juice/zest, and a malt flavor on the finish. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA that is very easy to drink. I enjoyed this one very much.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber with two fingers of thick, foamy head. Great retention. Citrus notes dominate the nose; orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple. Bready malt character, citrus hops, orange peel, pineapple with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, smooth and crisp; an easily drinkable IPA.

This is a good IPA, but the fruitiness far exceeds the bitterness, and the malt character is a little thin for me.

tdm168, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Adrianized
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

Pours a transparent yellow-orange with creamy white one finger head.

Nose is pretty light.  All I'm really getting is floral, tropical, and citrus hops; mangos, tangerines, and bananas.

Much more flavor than expected from the nose.   Big on tropical fruit; mangos and papayas, and maybe some fried plantains up front.  Balanced with a milky caramel malt in the middle, but a bit subdued.  Finishes surprisingly bitter with grapefruit and piney hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with decent carbonation.

This is a very nice IPA with tropical notes and high bitterness.  This would be a regular in my fridge if it were a local!

Adrianized, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updating from earlier review massively to the upside (first impressions aren't always correct):
Beautiful pour into my Black Raven imp. pint glass. Abundant head that overpowers the glass. Foamy top retains well leaving nice lace as well as when I draw down during the drink.
Nice golden color. Somewhat cloudy but not much.
Sweet for an IPA but probably not by Midwest standards. Enough hop feel to satisfy but not overwhelming. Nice balance between hop feel and flowery malt flavors that make this a very enjoyable change from West Coast hop bombs.

NWer, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 7/19/11. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A: Pours golden yellow, hazy, with almost a 2-finger tight white head with fantastic retention. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Light citrus hops with lots of floral notes and a little bit of pine. Slightly sweet pale malts. Interestingly enough I'm also getting a smell that reminds me of chapstick. Weird.

T: Solid punch of floral hops right up front with a touch of citrus and pine. I get a bit of a lemon/grapefruit and pine presence riding over the floral notes and hitting the back/roof of the mouth with a bittering rush. That intensity fades through the middle allowing the gentle floral notes and citrus to open up nicely and lead to a fairly mellow and clean finish. There's just a touch of sweetness coming out of the toasted malt base. Alcohol is well hidden, slightly bitter finish that's very clean and crisp.

M: Medium to slightly light body, moderate carbonation. Fairly resinous and sticky with a clean taste and crisp finish.

O: A very solid IPA that is impressively clean. I do prefer more citrus/tropical fruit in hop presence, but that's just personal preference. This does have good depth of hop character that has a nice mellowing-out character as the taste progresses. If this was available locally, I'd definitely be buying more. Great stuff.

Thanks goes to Pest for the awesome extra.

Satchboogie, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Nuthouse in Lansing.

Pours a deep amber, little bit of head. Attractive beer. Citrus and floral aroma, a little bit towards the sour and acrid though.In terms of taste, this beer sort of triangulates - malt, hop, orange. Pretty tasty, nothing spectacular. The consistency is sort of oily/resiny, but smooth and pretty appealing.

Final verdict, real good everyday beer. At the end of the day this is a somewhat conservative beer, in that Bell's is not trying to hit a home run with it, just swinging for singles. But they've done a real good job, this unofficial scorer has marked it as a base hit, and a solid one at that.

lurpy1, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of NeutroMan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with a sizeable rocky white head that left excellent lacing. Smells of citrus and floral hops - a nice bouquet to complement the grainy malt (though the hops clearly dominate).

Citrus fruitiness cuts through the hops, which linger in the bitter aftertaste. Doughy, biscuity malts persist throughout. Crisp and clean with a medium body. An excellent pale ale.

NeutroMan, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of matthewb9
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Winking Lizard in Cleveland last week. I can't find it in New York, so I was highly anticipating this well-hyped beer.

A - Pours a nice copper orange with decent head. Nothing exceptional, but surely inviting.

S - Strong fruit aroma, but I couldn't help but notice a bit of staleness in the smell.

T - Very drinkable beer. Good balance between hop bitterness and maltiness. I was looking for a bit more of a punch in the face, but sadly, I did not get it.

M - Oddly light. I felt it was missing a bit of the complexity that typically accompanies beers of its status. Carbonation was standard for style.

O - It's a good beer, for sure. World-class? Meh. I can rattle off a number of higher quality American IPAs (IMO), but I'm glad I got a chance to check out this Bell's classic. Don't turn it down if you see it.

matthewb9, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of titusgroan
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

reviewing after my second one - got this from a friend who brought a bunch of brews from up north and that i cannot get in tx. also -was sampling west texas beef jerky with my first one so i waited to review...

beautiful nose - very fruity but spicy, citrus and light light light grapefruit. beautiful orange/gold color w/ nice head. taste - for an ipa - does not kick you in the teeth - fruit bomb for sure but hops are right there and very clean. also get some outdoorsy smells/flavors... smells like rainy outdoors or something - very earthy. i could kick this back everyday and be good. i'm really enjoying swirling this around in the glass and smelling whats coming out... its like spring and summer, country ponds, lakes, outdoors - damn good ale - and damn good ipa... also the art on the bottle and the sixer pack - very nice... good stuff - PLEAE SHIP TO TX SOME DAY SOON!!! r

titusgroan, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of FourKicks
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

Pours a gorgeous burnt orange with two fingers of off-white head that leaves behind moderate lacing.

Awesome aroma of sweet citrusy hops. Nice grapefruit and pineapple, maybe some apricot. Little pine in there as well.

Taste has the same sweet citrusy hop array as the nose with maybe some orange thrown in there on top. Not much bitterness or alcohol to speak of.

Medium bodied, clean and crisp. Good carbonation and a nice, dry finish.

Textbook IPA. Smooth, balanced and easy drinking. Great citrus. A classic.

FourKicks, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- One and a half finger head that sticks around with excellent lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up. Brew is a copper/golden color with an unfiltered haze.

S- Sweet flowers and tropical fruit (mangoes and papaya). Just a hint of yeasty funk. Smells amazing.

T- Starts floral leading into tropical fruits with a nice hoppy bite on the backside. I notice some yeast and light malts in the finish.

M- Lighter for the style, great carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat oily and slick on the tongue.

O- Easy drinking and well balanced. I've always had a special place in my heart for Two Hearted. I just wish Bell's was distributed in CO...

YourMomDrinksBud, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a coppery golden color. Nice white head.probably a finger to a finger and a half.

S - Citrusy hops very floral and subtley sweet malts.

T - Again citrusy and piney hop. Just a hint of sweetness from the malts.

M - light and well carbonated.

O - very good. One of my go to ipa's.

mattboyer182, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of david370
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a SA pint glass..bottling date of 7/22/2011

pours an amber color with a white pillowy head and lots of lacing

lots of citrus aromas going on with some malt in the background

taste exceeds the aroma imo..nice citrus and floral on the tongue with just the right amount of bitterness lingering at the finish.

really an outstanding brew.it sells out quick in the few stores here that carry it so im aleways glad to find it

david370, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of hoplover82
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, light copper color with a pillow of a white, creamy, two finger head that had great retention and very strong sticky lacing.
S-The aroma is probably the most "tropical fruit" smelling beers I've had. The hops lend a very mango-like hop aroma to the beer. And I guess some mild fruity esthers from the yeast. Oh yes, and pinapples too! Very tropical. Great for a summertime IPA!
T-Mirrors the aroma exactly with tuns of pinapple and mango fruit with a hefty yet very clean bitterness that every American IPA ought to have.
M-The body is medium with a very clean and crisp finish.
O-Overall, I'm really enjoying this beer. Bell's really knows how to make a great beer.

hoplover82, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07/22/11. Tulip glass. Thanks to scoot1969 for this.

Pours a clear golden color with a finger of off white head, decent retention and nice lacing. Smells like sweet, round citrus (orange and tangerine) layered over pine. Somehow these coexist together without really integrating; it's an interesting effect. Taste is more pine and flower forward, with the citrus almost absent, both of which mingle with some biscuity malt. Mild bitter finish. Medium bodied, with carbonation medium-high and having kind of a harsh feeling. Overall, a very solid IPA, great everyday beer.

pmarlowe, Aug 25, 2011
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,073 ratings.