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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,109
Reviews: 3,108
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 610
Gots: 1,652 | 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 BeerNutz324
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- light amber, minimal white head. goes to surface only head pretty quickly. Fairly clear beer.

Ar- grapefruit, other citrus notes, piny hops

T- grapefruit, floral notes, a little spice? Crisp, clean hops finish this. hop oils linger a bit but not overwhelming.

M- light/medium body, good carbonation

O- a great IPA, one of my favorites.

BeerNutz324, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of busterwhite
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden with 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. Slight lacing on the glass. Bottle on date of 8-03-2011.

Smells of tropical fruit, citrus zest, a little pine. Very nice smell.

The nice hop aroma did not come through in the taste. Malt flavor up front with a hint of the hops in the finish. A little disappointing, the aroma was so full I expected a strong hop flavor. It is about 10 weeks since bottling, maybe the hop flavor has faded a little.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, carbonation is ok.

Overall this was decent, but after the smelling the aroma I was looking forward to a solid hop flavor and was a little let down.

busterwhite, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of bballmj2k
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer so many times - time to review.

Bottled on date of 9/28/2011

A - golden yellow, with a bit of haze and a finger or so of soapy head.

S - beautiful tropical fruits shine as well as earthy floral hops. Slight bready malt.

T - light bitterness, orange zest notes, some nice malt sweetness on the back of the tongue. Finishes with dry hop notes.

M - so creamy and smooth with just enough carbonation.

I love this beer. There is so much subtlety and I think that's where it shines. It doesnt have the huge nose or flavors of a sculpin or a west coast ipa but it doesn't have to. A great everyday go-to beer, can't wait till they ramp up production so its easier to find.

bballmj2k, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of doopydoogle
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

80 oz growler poured into a Bell's tulip:

A - Cloudy golden amber with a good rich head that leaves decent lace.

S - Pineapple, lemon, metallic malt, pine, lemon

T - Malt comes through at the beginning with a crisp, clean citrus hop character that leaves a refreshing finish that doesn't overpower with bitter or sweet. A balanced class act!

M - Clean, consistent carbonation and a good bitter

O - A wonderfully sessionable IPA outing! Balanced, with good hop character that doesn't overpower but doesn't wimp out either.

doopydoogle, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

The body is a hazy orange, with hints of gold throughout. A one-finger white head lasts for some time, leaving some lacing around the glass.

Classic IPA aroma, with a very solid hop profile. Piney, floral, grassy hops combine with citrus fruits. This is a sweet-smelling IPA, but not cloyingly so and quite unlike a typical East Coast IPA.

Like the aroma, the taste is straightforward and spot-on. The hops impart a delightful sweetness, with a melange of citrus fruits in full bloom. I get a boatload of papaya from the taste, almost like eating a bag of dried fruit. Definite, pronounced bitterness, but the fruity sweetness takes center stage.

Mouthfeel is really excellent, with a medium to high level of carbonation. Eminently drinkable.

A pretty archetypal single IPA, this would be a staple in my fridge if I had ready access to it. In any case, this is fantastic on tap. As reliable a choice as any.

amphion1065, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Paincane
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange golden in color with a two finger off-white soapy head that has very good retention and moderate lacing. Poured into my Bell's pint glass.
S: Floral, pine, citrus aromas are all subtle but present.
T: Very hoppy with citrus up front, followed by malt presence and a sharp bitter finish that lingers. Well balanced beer.
M: Medium bodied with clean finish and moderate carbonation.
O: Balanced brew that was very enjoyable and one that I will seek out again.

Paincane, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of BlastBeats
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an amber orange; slightly hazy with a frothy off-white head.

Smell: pine resin with some acidic citrus fruit.. some floral aromas as well.

Taste: lots of Centennial hops storm the palate.. pleasantly bitter with citric undertones.. grapefruit perhaps? Malt body maintains it's accountability by keeping this one somewhat balanced.

Mouthfeel: some sharpness on the front of the tongue; nicely carbonated.. medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall: For some reason, I didn't really care for Bell's Two Hearted Ale the first couple of times I tried it. My palate must have changed because I really enjoy it now. In fact, it's very comparable to Founders Centennial IPA (though Two Hearted would have to get the edge). I like the fish label and Hemingway reference as well.. one of the best beers to enjoy outdoors bar none!

BlastBeats, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of GRBrew
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with dinner tonight at the Winchester.

Came out with a big two inch head on it that lasted the entire beer. The head had great lacing that you would expect from this beer. The color was golden.

Arromatics were outstanding with a very crisp and clean taste.

GRBrew, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of KomodoDragon
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured this cloudy sunset brew with a larger snowy head brew into a Bell's anniversary pint glass. Lots of sporatic lacing, carbonation bubbles, and a touch of sediment.

S - Pine, Citris, Apple. Anxious to dive in.

T - Biscuity with sweet fruits, bananna, and mild nut flavors. NW hop finish. Well balanced and extraordinarily crisp. Alcohol present but no dominant. Everything I want out of an IPA

M - Creamy, smmoth, perfectly carbonated.

Unique in a good way. As good as an IPA can get.

KomodoDragon, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of HopHeadRyan
3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden, quick to disappear head

S - Tropical fruits, pineapple juice, maybe a hint of flowers/pine, a little too much fruit-juicy sweetness for my liking

T - Astringently stinging citrus fruity bitterness, not quite balanced out by the malt character. A little less balanced than I would have thought from such a popular IPA.

M - medium to full body, syrupiness, stinging astringency, not great. A little alcohol boozy warmth noticed at the end of the finish.

Overall - A very tropical IPA. I'd like to have this one tap and fresh and see if it makes the cut. I've had it many times before but this is my first review. Definitely not a bad ipa and one I'm sure I'll have again, just not as astounding as its hype!


HopHeadRyan, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of hmf05
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear deep gold that leaves a two finger head. The aroma is candied oranges and pineapple. Smells floral, sweet, bitter, and delicious. The taste is perfect. Starts of slightly bitter but a nice caramel sweetness comes in to balance it out. Not too sweet, yet not too bitter. Perfect balance. I get mostly citrus wrapped in caramel candy. Drinkability is extremely high. This is the best single IPA I have ever had, granted I live in Florida and do not have access to most California and other west coast IPAs. The perfect beer in every way. Great for noobs, great for hop heads, and great for those who are looking to get into IPAs. A+

hmf05, Oct 06, 2011
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
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,109 ratings.