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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,490 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,490
Reviews: 3,053
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 584
Gots: 1,320 | 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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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

A-Golden in color with a fine head. Riddled with bubbles.

S-Big fruity hops. Clementines. Very smooth smell. Malt is nicely intertwined. Smells like a damn good brew.

T-Hello! Absolutely delectible hop profile. Not violently bitter but more refined and palatable. Fruity hops take over my tongue. Subtle malt, hop foward. I get an almost bubblegum taste on the back end. Delicious and modestly unique.

M-Exceptional mouthfeel. Well carbonated yet slick. Sticks to your tongue. Hop flavors never go away.

D-The alcohol is completely silenced. A 7% brew that could easily sneak up on you especially because the flavor is savory. I wish I could get this beer all the time. Why won't you reside in MA with me? Would be my go-to beer if I could get it locally.

08-12-2010 02:29:18 | More by VelvetExtract
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beanboots1912

Alaska

5/5  rDev +17.1%

Things I like...

LL Bean boots.
Canoeing a wilderness river.
Reading Thoreau.
Frontline on PBS.
A wood stove in the winter.
Flyfishing in Autumn.
A long roadtrip driving to Alaska.
Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

I've tried quite a few beers, and this beer deserves it's own category, it's almost beyond what you can call beer.

08-11-2010 11:42:23 | More by beanboots1912
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bundy462

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Dark hazy gold with a thin white froth.

S: Nice floral hops over a grainy malt.

T: Prickly hops up front with a bittering effect throughout. Definite toasty malt fighting through the hops for a nice balance.

M: Very crisp and smooth yet has that nice prickly hop tingle.

O: Good brew, well done.

08-11-2010 01:44:43 | More by bundy462
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thetomG

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Ahhh Two Hearted my old friend... why have I waited so long to review you?

Lovely slightly cloudy reddish/amber pour. Good amount of foamy head with some spotty lacing left behind. Aroma has a nice combination of citrus & floral elements - some grapefruit, orange, tangerine, etc...

Flavor is an intoxicating blend of sweet citrus & bitter hops - supremely drinkable and somehow smooth & sticky at the same time.

Will drink this ANY time. DELICIOUS.

08-11-2010 01:04:14 | More by thetomG
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kylejohnson03

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Picked this up on a recent road trip and just now getting around the reviewing it. This pours a hazy yellow-orange color, with a small sticky head. Smells are citrus, hops, and flowers. My first drink is of fresh hops, smooth and creamy texture. Finishes crisp, dry, and yeasty. Will definately drink this one again!

08-10-2010 15:51:13 | More by kylejohnson03
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DoubleJ

California

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

Thanks to Halcyondays for the gift. 12 ounces of IPA, on to the beer:

Paleish orange color, with a head that retains itself well and some lacing shown off and sticking to the glass. The hops hit your face upon opening the bottle, but fades away quickly. It still deleivers some results; tangerines, oranges, and burnt sugars. This could be a sign of a bottle with a little age on it.

There's still a "sweet" hoppiness found in this beer, with a mild toasted/burnt grain background. Tangerine and orange once again come to mind. It's a little oily and smooth in the feel, though the finish hits a small bump with a somewhat rough resiny aftertaste.

Bell's still isn't distributed to California, and I've only made two trades (none involving Bell's), yet this is my fifth offering from this brewery. Following the others, THA is DoubleJ approved.

08-10-2010 03:22:23 | More by DoubleJ
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Baraka

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours a deep, beautiful golden orange with a solid head that stains the glass with lace. Nose is grapefruit citrus dominated. Total hop domination for the taste. The grapefruit flavors explode in two distinct waves, leaving behind a lasting hop bitterness. Definite hop resin flavor as well. Medium carbonation levels.

Quite simply one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Definitely a hop bomb, and a tasty one at that. Alcohol is well concealed by the hop flavors, but its so drinkable you just might feel it after having a few! Absolutely stunning, magnificent IPA.

08-10-2010 01:09:11 | More by Baraka
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bamojr

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured with a lovely cloudy amber into a pint glass.
A very floral aroma with a nice amount of hops.
Excellent taste, with a citrus infused flavor that has a great finish.

Overall, I recommend this beer very highly for its great flavor and great drinkability. Yet another satisfying brew from Bell's.

08-09-2010 04:56:56 | More by bamojr
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clarkm04

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance- A very deep yellow/amber cool common amongst beers of this style. Looks very inviting.

Smell- A very flavorful bouquet of smells bursting forth. A very citrus smell note predominates but very interesting smell.

Taste- Lots of citrus in the taste particular orange. Very smooth and well balanced. Has a slight bitter kick at the end. I love the lingering aftertaste has the citrus notes burst in the back of my mouth. A very light IPA in my opinion. Not has harsh or bittering has some I've had before. Definitely a good example of this style.

Mouthfeel- Surprising light mouthfeel. I loved how the citrus notes move across the palate.

Drinkability- Very drinkable!

Overall- What a great beer! I know this beer is highly regarded and I'm glad I finally got to drink it. I would highly recommend to anyone. I certainly plan to purchase more Two Hearted in the future. Thoroughly enjoyed this drinking experience and definitely am ready for another bottle.

08-08-2010 02:58:35 | More by clarkm04
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STEG

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Courtesy of coreyfmcdonald, pours an amber orange hue with a wonderful fluffy head. Smell is a bit lighter than most DIPA's but grapefruit, pine resin, and brown sugar/caramel are present. Taste is exceptional, ginger grapefuit and pine are all dominant with some dark brown sugar in the back with a spice ridden aftertaste. Probably my favorite DIPA even moreso than PTE. Mouthfeel is viscous and slightly chewy. Alcohol is well hidden.

08-07-2010 01:10:56 | More by STEG
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psiweaver

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured this beer out of a 12oz bottle into a Reidel stemless wine glass.

It pours a nice brownish golden color which a nice off white head.

smells very hoppy, but with a decent amount of malt to it too.

This beer is very tasty. I found it to be pretty balanced though not quite on the Pliny level. I really enjoyed it though and found it to be a beer that I would enjoy a lot more often if I could get it locally. Very tasty with a nice hoppy start and a malty finish to it.

Very nice mouth feel very smooth without the overwhelming bitterness that a lot of hoppy beers have.

amazing drink ability very easy to drink and enjoy would be the perfect camping, bbqing type beer.

08-05-2010 18:31:42 | More by psiweaver
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jsdunlop

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

This one poured out golden and super frothy into a standard pint glass, nice thick head to start which left remnants after each sip on the side of the glass. Aromas of pure citrus, limes, orange peel, some cloves with a taste to match. Nice hoppy balance, but not overwhelming like other IPA's I have tasted in the past. Perfect balance between citrusy hops and malts, medium bodied beer with a lighter mouthfeel and extremely easy drinkability. Hard to believe this is a 7% ABV brew, nicely covered up which makes this an excellent overall beer.

08-04-2010 22:23:23 | More by jsdunlop
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%

12 oz. bottle, batch 9688,

A: Pours a light orange, thick fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Very intriguing tropicality - pineapple, pina colada, honey and bubblegum. Lemon meringue pie fits it to T. Fun beer to smell.

T: Some pine, sweet grapefruit, lemon. Light biscuity malt character. Lemon is big in the finish.

M: Soft carbonation, crisp, fairly clean finish for the style.

D: A good beer, I can see why it's well regarded. It doesn't stand out next to better CA IPAs but well above average in the style. Had to go to AZ to do it, but I'm glad I finally got to try this classic.

07-30-2010 20:03:50 | More by Halcyondays
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sonata2008

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer was poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug. It had a hazy honey gold color, a bit cloudy. The initial 1.5 inches of foam decreased somewhat but didn't disappear entirely. The carbonation was very nice. I could see lots of tiny bubbles. The aroma was one of the great features of this beer. It had a strong hops aroma with citrus notes. With respect to taste, the bitterness of the hops hit me right away and stayed until the finish. It's nicely balanced, however, with a little bit of sweetness. It was definitely not overly hoppy for my taste. Bell's Two Hearted Ale was a pleasure to drink.

07-28-2010 22:48:20 | More by sonata2008
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jmich24

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.1%

Duvel Tulip
7 days aged

A: Gold in color with an orange hue. Fluffy two finger white head that never completely dissipates. Lots of carbonation from etched glass. Lacing is sticking very well.
S: Hops! Lots of floral, sweet orange, some tropical fruits.
T: Nice crisp bitterness yet well balanced. Taste is similar to smell, citrus(orange and grapefruit), floral. Nice lingering bitterness. Sweetness from the malt.
M: Medium mouth feel not to heavy not to light. Crisp and smooth, dangerously drinkable
O: World class IPA.

This is a mainstay in my fridge. I usually buy by the case outstanding easy drinking IPA. I'm a sucker for lots of citrus in my IPAs and the Centennial Hops do the trick.

Outstanding!!!

07-28-2010 21:31:18 | More by jmich24
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a finger of creamy bubbly just off-white foam, the beer is slightly hazy, golden in color. random spotty lacing left behind.

S - incredibly floral but the real emphasis is candied citrus, grapefruits, pineapple, and oranges.

T - starts off a little sweet with candied oranges, turning more and more bitter...ripe cantaloupe, melon, and grapefruit. caramel malt provides a base underneath for balance - but this is a showcase of Centennial hops.

M - medium bodied with nice tight and bright carbonation which cuts through both the sweetness and bitterness. oily going down but finishes sticky.

D - one of the best single-hop IPA's out there, great balance of bitter and sweet. not much to really complain about, always a good go-to.

07-28-2010 03:26:14 | More by Stigs
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JoshBeer86

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

I enjoyed this Two Hearted Ale at about 45 degrees. The average score for appearance was due to a somewhat light color. The color was decieving, though, since the the taste was excellent. I'm not usually a fan of Pale Ales, but this one had great balance and was somewhat easy to enjoy for a non-hop-head.

07-27-2010 05:54:25 | More by JoshBeer86
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goatgoat

Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Tucson has Bell's? Tucson? Awesome, Batch 9768 poured into an odd looking snifter at my uncle's house.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold. Moderate off-white foam that doesn't stick around for long. Aroma is POW in your face. Big tropical fruits, big pineapple, big in every way. The taste follows, a big hop kick. A long lasting bitterness. Resin, stick to your teeth feel.

2-hearted, hyped. Yup. Worth it, definitely.

07-27-2010 05:00:56 | More by goatgoat
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wedgie9

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

Tasted from 12oz bottle, batch number 9637, purchased from the W Grocer. Pours a clear, bright burnt orange with a thick frothy white head that takes a long time to recede, but never truly disappears. The nose is beautiful blend of citrus/pine/resin hops and some caramel malt. On the palate this beer is extremely balanced showcasing the grapefruit hops and bread malts perfectly. The alcohol is also very well integrated. The body is medium with average carbonation and a nice long finish that is both citrus and bitter. It is easy to see why this is regarded as one of the best IPAs in America.

07-27-2010 03:50:46 | More by wedgie9
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -8%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow with a little haze. Less than a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring with good lacing. Like looking little brew.

S: I'm getting a couple things here.... Some floral hops with a strong grapefruit scent.

T: Citrus hops from the get go, but not very bitter, there is some malt here but just enough to balance everything out. There is an underlying grapefruit note throughout. The aftertaste is a little on the hoppy side and a little dry.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, yet smooth. I'd have to call it light to mid bodied.

D: Very nice AIPA, everything you want and balanced nicely to boot. The ABV is right on, but at 7.10% one or 2 will do you. Worth a shoot.

07-26-2010 03:45:36 | More by mralphabet
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

On cask at Paradiso yesterday. I finally managed to track this down.

Pouring light orange with a mild haze, there's a dense, reverse-cascading head that forms a dense collar, leaving sheets of lace. Perfect. The nose is too, redolent, bright and yet suffuse with beautiful citrus and floral hops. Truly a centennial showcase, the palate replicates the flavor. Opening with a bright citrus and floral hop character, this is really smooth. A touch sweeter than it is on tap, there's a little cotton candy sweetness. Still, this dry, with mild bitterness and an explosion of hop flavor. I drank two pints and would have had a third and a fourth if it didn't kick.

07-25-2010 15:17:52 | More by DefenCorps
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Note to self for next time..."Buy More Two Hearted". This IPA pours with a fluffy white cape that leaves behind some lacework as it settles. A clear amber color.

The smell of this beer is wonderful. Pine, fruits, some malt and more hops.

Lots of hop bitterness for my taste buds, grapefruit, pine and lightly toasted bread.

07-25-2010 07:30:09 | More by irishkyle21
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Purchased a pair of pints in sleeves at Psycho Suzie's in Minneapolis. Both came with a decently yellow to light orange clear body with light lacing. The aromas are dominated by US C-hops, with citrus atop a barely perceptible malt body. Enjoyable thus far. The beer is bitter with a good balancing level of hop flavours with a bit of pine and grapefruit coming through. Very drinkable, especially in the situation I was in. Good beer, worth seeking out.

07-25-2010 03:54:07 | More by kjyost
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timus19

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz. bottle into chilled pint glass;finally got this brew here in AZ.appearance typical aipa color,hazy orange w/decent carbonation,nice citrus,floral nose..the taste---WOW--impressive! one of my favorite ipa's,more refreshing than most,(stone,alesmith, racer5)great hop bite,but balanced beautifully! recommended!!!

07-24-2010 23:46:39 | More by timus19
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machostacos

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

12 oz. bottle decanted properly into my favorite pint glass

A: hazy golden amber, bright highlights, with a very full, bubbly head that lasts and lasts and lasts, leaving a thick, dripping lacing around the glass.

S: Smells of citrusy pine and grapefruit, with a hint of bitterness and pineapple.

T: Citrus zest up front, nice and bright and a little floral sweetness, morphing smoothly into fresh pine, mildly bitter grapefruit and lemon, with a smooth and pleasantly bitter finish.

M: A little thin, oily, with a good amount of carbonation. Won't raise any eyebrows, but is certainly appropriate for the style. Refreshing with a noticeable bitterness.

D: Maybe not the most drinkable IPA thanks to its lingering bitterness, but definitely a very solid IPA that stands up there with the best. One of my favorites, and I'm definitely spoiled to have access to this beer almost anywhere, living in central Michigan - I am definitely blessed to be surrounded by so much fantastic beer!!

Cheers!

07-24-2010 22:47:05 | More by machostacos
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 10,490 ratings.