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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

9,949 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,949
Reviews: 3,028
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,060 | FT: 36
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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popery

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA with a huge hop profile. This beer has a ton of hops, even for an IPA. It really borders on a DIPA, like Russian River's Blind Pig. It's a slightly hazy golden liquid with a stiff, foamy head. The aroma is full of citric hops. The flavor has an excellent malt backbone that lies beneath a bouquet of hop notes that tend toward the bitter citric end of the spectrum. The smell is a bit more floral than the flavor. The beer is well-balanced and the alcohol is nicely hidden. It tastes very American but still quite different than an aggressive San Diego style. I enjoyed this beer very much. (Thanks again to deliriumfest)

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 06:20:41 | More by popery
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farrago

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simple off-white colored head, gets close to one finger and runs off into a thin coating across the surface, the lacing shows more tenacity and stickiness. Red to brunt orange in color, takes on a more metallic yellow or rust cast around the rims, clear enough to watch the fat bubbles swim upwards. The nose offers up sweet pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus in spades, wheat, rye and soda bread notes, brawny apricot, peach, pineapple fruit scents, warm spring day explosion of fresh flowers, digs in without bruising. Medium-bodied, lively and energetic from the first sip to last, the carbonation dances a tango across the tongue. The pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus slightly more bitter here, just as much as an overpowering presence. Pretty peach, apricot, pear fruit, swells until pine sap, rye and granola in addition to a malt smoothness brings things closer to earth and elongates the experience into more than a series of punctuation marks. With each bottle it's drained before you think it's even half done.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 23:19:07 | More by farrago
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TooleBurger

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at Philly Beer Week at the Meet the Brewers event last night. I was very impressed.

It had a nice red ale look to it with minimal head. It had a nice hoppy smell and a great taste. You can really taste the hops and a little citrus twang. It is a nice American ale, almost a red ale.

It also has about the right alcohol content, so you can enjoy a few of them.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 22:47:19 | More by TooleBurger
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised when, by some stroke of happenstance, I realized that I had not reviewed my favorite beer: Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I also hadn't had one in a couple of months (!), so I was eager to review it. From the looks of it, this bottle might have been on the shelf for a while. Served from a 12oz. bottle into the only glass I had available, a Chimay goblet.

Poured a murky, sickly shade of pale-orange. Not as yellow as I remember it usually being, but that may be due to the lighting. The 1.5-finger, rocky, off-white head dissipates at a normal rate. Lacing seems pretty good.

I love the nose on this beer. Its just so impeccably floral; its as if you were directly in a garden. Petal and plant stalk mix with loads of assertive lemony/citrus notes. This stuff smells like a hoppy brew; very appetizing.

Oh, yeah. That hits the spot. What can I say about Two Hearted that hasn' already been confirmed by legion? It hits all of the right pine and citrus hop flavors... only it hits them better than any other single IPA (in my un-exhaustive opinion anyway). Such a pleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue, compelling you to drink more.

Which you can, by the way, because even at 7% ABV, this is imminently drinkable. I always want to have more bottles. Nice, lightish mouthfeel with carbonation levels that don't lend a sharp prickly character. Just a smooth drinker all the way. I must also mention the awesome "hop-burps" that this beer delivers on.

I first drank this beer before signing up for Beer Advocate. The label, with its odd painting of a fish, forced me to purchase what I, then and now, refer to as "Fish Beer." I didn't know much about they style then, but I knew that I liked it. Nostalgia is not clouding my judgment. Two Hearted Ale remains a bright light in the beer world. Simply excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 19:06:09 | More by Reaper16
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Docer

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to JoBoTo for adding this great IPA into the shipment for trade. A very good Ale indeed.

- Love the look of these Bells I have tried... like an unfiltered Hefe.. light amber orange with a cloudy haze of goodness. Huge creamy head on this one. Batch 8752. The bottle sat, and still flowed out the bottle when opened. Great lacing, and left a nice soft later of creamy head.

- Smell is quite floral indeed.. little bit of rye, bread.. and sweet success.

- Taste is of rye, bread, and floral hop. Creamy and light. (7%? wow). Some lemon and citrus zest in there too.. almost like adding peel zest to the mix instead of Honey to the "strong ale Hopslam".

- Leaves my mouth about the same as a Widmer Hefe. Bready chewy rye aftertaste w/ light carb.

- So easy to drink... and would be so easy to slam 6 pints from tap w/out notice.

A great drinker... I am impressed by Bells. Wish they shipped to Portland Oregon on a regular bases. I wouldn't mind paying more than the usual every once in awhile.

I have noticed that their beers seem to be in the wrong classifications. I just ask myself if they use rye. Hopslam should be considered an American Strong Ale... as it doesn't state it is an IIPA I believe.

To me this is a Pale though :-/

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 02:43:13 | More by Docer
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csmiley

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8984

A - Color is medium gold and hints around at light orange in the right light. The off white head tops out at just over half inch before settling to a paper thin cap. Retention is average while light lacing is able to stick around afterwards.

S - Aroma is loaded with citrusy goodness. Lots of orange gets backed up by a lighter mango smell. Gets sugary about midway. More fruit finishes it up. Could be some grapefruit that pop in for a visit.

T - Sweet citrus flavors dominate this brew. Loads of orange with some bitter grapefruit that come together to make a very juicy beverage. The malt base really just supports the fruity hops. Some hard candy comes through at the end. Light bread flavors come through in a very distant aftertaste.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a slightly active carbonation that tickles the palate. Finish start out sweet and fruity finishing off with a mild dry bitterness.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a juicy well balanced brew. Alcohol is hard to pick out in the flavor and aroma. The bitterness level works very well with the other flavors. The malt stays out of the way (for the most part). Bells has a good thing going with the Two Hearted. This one is easily reocommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:33:52 | More by csmiley
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johnnybgood1999

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful beer. It is an unusual light honey brown.

S: Hoppy, with more citrus than I think I've ever smelled in an IPA. A hint of alcohol is apparent as well. The citrus seems to be orange versus the typical grapefuit.

T: Really mild in the front of the mouth, then citrus takes over. The hops were not nearly as present as expected. Orange is the most prevalant flavor to me with hops coming in a fairly distant second.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary either good or bad.

D: Kinda so so here as well. I couldn't get through many of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:15:58 | More by johnnybgood1999
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a nice orange-copper color with a two-finger off-white head with great retention and lacing on about half the glass.

S: Smells of strong pine and hops with some maltiness.

T: Strong pine and citrus/floral hops with a nice caramel backbone. Nothing amazing, just a great simple IPA taste.

Overall: One of may favorites, Great oily and well carbonated mouthfeel. The best thing about this beer is the drinkability, I could easily drink this from sun-up to sun-down. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 22:02:41 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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TheDoorman

New York

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden color with tons of lively carbonation, white head dissipates quickly. Aroma is a bouqet of lovely citric hops. Grapefruit comes through upfront. Some grass and pine notes as well. Taste is pleasant though short of great. There's a touch of sweetness in the palate, but the hops are not as prevalent until the finish. They lack the symphonic multi-layered hop flavors that the aroma suggested. A nice dry finish. Light on the palate. Mouthefeel has some problems though. This beer is so overcarbonated that it affects the taste and entire experience. This style tends to have a good amount of carbonation, but this beer needs to tone it down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 04:17:58 | More by TheDoorman
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bbothen

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Sam Adams beer glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a hazy pale orange/yellow color with a thick, frithy, and bubbly 2 finger deep off white head. Head has nice retention and leaves lots of sticky webbing and lacing on glass.

Tropical and piney hop aromas with some sweet maltiness, flowery, toasted grains.

Sweet caramel maltiness followed by a delicious array of bitter hoppiness, grapefruit, pine, lemon/lime zest, mango, superbly balanced flavors here.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp, clean, nice.

Drinks great. I could session these frequently, daily, hourly, all the time.

Wish this was available to me on a regular basis. Great flavors. I'm the target audience for this beer. More please.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 02:12:25 | More by bbothen
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cnjohn19

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i'll put this beer's appearance up against any of the beers i have reviewed since getting into craft beer reviews...light orange/yellow with a thick inviting head...great lacing...smells of wild dandelions, oranges, and hops...strong hops dominate but not too much...you'll enjoy this beer if you want to get into IPAs and might not be ready for the hoppiest drinks...

seems to foam in your mouth and the bitterness forces through your taste buds...an exceptional ipa which you can pretty much buy year round...that's what makes this beer so great...

overall, its a beer which i'll always have in my ice box...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 01:58:18 | More by cnjohn19
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ABOWMan

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Poured from the bottle an easy three fingers of creamy off white, long lasting head. Lacing is apparent in between each sip taken. The color is honey maple and the beer is slightly cloudy from yeast sediment.

The aroma is of fresh citrus, like the whole tree! Mostly grapefruit I would think.

The flavor leads with a sweet malt note followed closely by cirtusy hops with only slight bitterness and then roasted orange zest. I think it is the balance of hops and sweet malt that I find so appealing with this fine ale. I love big IPA's but they can get overpowering if consumed one after another. This Two Hearted Ale has such an nice combination of malt and hops with background citrus flavor, that I could easily drink glass after glass.

If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, I would give this ale serious consideration. It's a must try if you haven't done so already.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 22:06:00 | More by ABOWMan
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remllof

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look poured a thick creamy offwhite head that slowly disapated. Color is a cloudy dark yellow with decent carbination. It has a great smell of citrisy hops. Taste starts out with a slight sweet malt base with a bit of citris hops. Then finishes with finishes with a wonderful refreshness of hops with reletivly low bitterness. Then ends with a bit of drying .Mouthfeel is decent, not overtly thick. Overall another good one from Bells.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 00:33:13 | More by remllof
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gameface23

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow with a fluffy white head. Really good lacing.

S: Nothing but grapefruity hops. Very nice.

T: Some more grapefruit taste. Great hop presence.

M: Good, not great. I drank one and thought it was on the thinner side. I had another and thought it was fuller-bodied than the first.

D: Good. 7% alcohol is hidden very well. Drinks like a 4.5 - 5% beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 23:43:50 | More by gameface23
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woodske1

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very average beer. I can't see why it is ranked this high overall. Not a strong taste, very generic. I think the cheap labeling makes it taste even more generic.

Nothing is bad about this beer, but nothing is that great either. It's worth trying, but just one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 17:01:02 | More by woodske1
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brewintheLou

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a white head that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is a hoppy grapefruit.

Taste is a solid IPA... a slight malt with more prevelant hop. The hop is more grapefruit. There is little carbonation and a very nice mouthfeel on this beer. When I am in the mood for an IPA this is a really good one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 23:57:31 | More by brewintheLou
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a superb IPA ..it pours a beautiful orange color with a just right head and superior lacing to the end the smell is superb you would think you are in an orange/grapefruit field in florida.. the taste is the same grapefruit/citrus with hops, malt and the 7% abv(which you dont taste) all blended perfectly. the mouthfeel is soft citrus with a perfect hop bitterness malt sweetness.. you will drink this so fast you will want another .. bells never dissapoints one of the top craft brewers in america.. if you like IPA you must try this one

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 23:04:09 | More by gatornation
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Clear amber color with a good amount of carbonation for an American style IPA. Clean white head.

S = Wonderful aroma of hops. Lots of grapefruit character.

T = Lots of hop bitterness, but supported by a clean maltiness. Out of this world citrus flavors that further entice the palate. I was not able to perceive any alcohol flavor.

M = Very crisp and dry with just enough substance to support the slight warmth of the alcohol content.

D = For being a 7% beer this is incredibly drinkable.

One of my all time favorites and the beer that I judge all other IPAs by. Powerful but well balanced. I even like the fish on the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 17:56:32 | More by zoso1967
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JonMich13

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Nice amber color, little head and lacing in my pour.

S = Very nice pungent hoppiness with citrus notes dominant

T = Good but something out of balance here. Very hoppy with loud grapefruit and orange peel. Lingers in the aftertaste.

M = Crisp and dry. Nice carbonation.

D = Fairly drinkable for hop fans.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:02:30 | More by JonMich13
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biggred1

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange honey blonde body with plenty of suspended yeast and a huge,stiff foamy head that leaves tons of sticky lace on the glass. Big grapefruit and floral hop aroma. Tastes of big fresh hops with a touch of honey and fresh baked bread. Creamy mouthfeel with nice resinous hop oils. One of my all time faves.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:28:31 | More by biggred1
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dakid618

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with two fingers of tan head with good retention on the glass. Smell is all grapefruit citrus hops. Taste is a perfect combination of citrus hops and biscuitlike malts. Light dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable. This is a go-to beer for me and always keep some in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 02:34:17 | More by dakid618
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A pale, unfiltered yellow-orange color. A big densely frothy off-white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing.

S: Some pale malt scents up front, with a slight bready, yeasty character. Citric hop aroma reminiscent of grapefruit, along with a floral hop backbone.

T: Again, pale malts up front provide a buttery, bready character that is nicely accompanied by some yeasty notes. A very solid citric flavor, with pink grapefruit and some sweet orange flavors. Bitterness follows as floral/resiny hop flavor into the finish.

M: Medium bodied and rather crisply carbonated. A consistent, riding bitter dryness into the finish.

D: I was expecting something more aggressive, although this one has outstanding balance. At once bready, sweet, and hoppy - very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 01:58:24 | More by Clydesdale
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Trappistfan1

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - HUGE head, really fluffy. Reminds me of a root beer float! Sticks around awhile. Beautiful amber color with appealing haziness.

S- Subtle citrus smell, some other nutty - yeasty aromas surface. Hard to put my finger on this one, but its good.

T - Nice hop character. Very flavorful but doesn't knock me over with bitterness. This is a lot more balanced than I anticipated for an IPA.

M- Smooth without being overly creamy. Seems like a good compromise for being an IPA.

D - Hey! Its already half gone! I'd say very good!

This really earns its reputation as one of the best straight up American IPA's. I appreciate hops, but wouldn't call myself a hophead, and I find this very easy to love. Refreshing and well rounded; a winner!

Makes me proud to be from the U.P. too!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 23:26:23 | More by Trappistfan1
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Against the Grain in NYC.

Pours a cloudy copper. Topped by a fluffy, meringue-like, white head with good retention. The aroma is hop-focused: delicious orange-blossom citrus and resiny hops. There's also a bit of a raw sugar undercurrent.

There's a toasty malt backbone with a light, raw sweetness. There's a nice citric hop flavor with a light herbal, resiny kick. Well balanced, there's a focus on the hop flavors rather than the hop bitterness. Light-bodied with a nice kick from the carbonation.

Well balanced. All of the hop flavor is there with just enough of the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 20:18:02 | More by EPICAC
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Hazy amber-orange beer. Cloud-like off-white head, looks light and fluffy, rocky as it recedes. Decent retention.

S-Bright piney hops, a bit of citrus in the background. Fresh and smooth aroma.

T-Magnificent. Thick with resiny hops, piney, and then a citrus smack gets me with a right hook. Bitterness is strong and does a good job of balancing the bready malts, and then some (that is, when I can find the malts among the flood of hops). Citrus fruitiness comes through some, estery. Finishes with residual bitter and hoppiness, semi-dry.

M-Hoppy-grainy feel, moderate body. It just feels bitter. Carbontion is low enough to allow all the rediculous hoppy goodness to be fully appreciated. Finishes without a hint of the lip smack taste/feel that some American IPAs have.

D-Great. Hands down, so great, which is why I drink it so frequently. Many of the bars in my area have this on tap, which makes it one of the best go-to brews around. And I keep coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 22:15:50 | More by CHSLBrew
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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