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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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9,993 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,993
Reviews: 3,028
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,086 | 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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Photo of brow1901


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

Two Hearted has been a favorite of mine for awhile, I would call it my go-to beer. I finally decided to review it.

A- Pours a cloudy dirty orange, bordering on a rust color. I went a little violent on the pour whoops, but it produced a huge bright white head. One thing I enjoy about the appearance of this beer is how I can always see bubbles rising from the bottom. The head died a bit, but left good lacing down the glass.

S- Smells like a citrus hops variety with some spice in it. The citrus reminds me of peaches. This beer smells as good as it looks. The hops arn't overpowering. I like how when I really stick my nose in there I can pick out other scents, with hopslam I can't do that.

T- The taste is much less bitter than some IPA's. But is more sweet, a faint hint of alcohol can be found in the after tastes.

M- The mouth feel is great, very light. The carbonation bubbles explode as they hit your tounge leaving this excelent feeling. The beer doesn't dry the mouth at all, it kinda leaves a film actually. This beer is very refreshing by the way.

D- For me this is one of the most drinkable beers. They go down so smoothe, and quick! The alcohol is a bit high at 7% but not overwhelming after two or three. So not a session beer but if it had a lower abv it certainly would be.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 19:09:59 | More by brow1901
Photo of Dulliwhig


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a pint glass. It had a thick fluffy head that took a long time to settle. What it left in it's wake was sticky globs of head around the top of the glass and a finger and a half thick creamy ivory colored head. It was a hazy golden orange color with a maelstrom of tiny yeast bits dancing around and swirling.

The aroma is dominated by juicy sweet grapefruit/peach flavor and a mild and subdued pine.

The taste mirrors the smell. The grapefruit and peaches mesh together, but the grapefruit wins because of the citrus hop bitterness in the end with a drying effect.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, a bit chewy, between medium and full bodied, good carbonation.

If Troegs Nugget Nectar were an APA, this would be his twin brother!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:23:13 | More by Dulliwhig
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South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Acquired in a trade with Wutz. Thanks buddy!

Pours a hazy golden orange. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention, loads of lacing.

Aroma is big time citrus and pine. Grapefruit is the dominant citrus smell. Malt sweetness behind the hops.

Taste is all hops. Pretty good hop balance between the citrus and the pine. Excellent pale malt backbone.

Smooth drinker. Fairly light body, but still has a nice creaminess. Appropriately carbonated and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 02:20:17 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of Packforever1976


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

Served chilled in my stemless wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy light copper with a fluffy off-white head, about two fingers. Pretty good head retention. Decent lacing.

S: The nose is a big blast of grapefruit and pine. A bit of pineapple. Very nice blend of hops. Some orange marmalade from the sweet malts.

T: Wow, there's no doubt that the hops are the star of the show here. Some citrus/grapefruit bitterness followed by some resiny, piney hops and some pineapple. The malt backbone is there just enough to keep it balanced. A slight spicy bite in the back is pretty nice as well.

M: Mouthfeel is very good. Just the right level of thickness. Carbonation may be just a touch higher than I would like, but it's close.

D: This does pack a punch at 7%, but I could put 3-4 of these away in a session, easily. Very tasty IPA, one of my favorites. If I can't find anything else appealing, Two Hearted always saves the day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 00:28:50 | More by Packforever1976
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a hint on orange. Produces a nice white head with nice lacing.

Smell is citrus, pine & some sweetness of honey.

Taste is piney hops balanced by a nice malty backbone & and little honey sweetness. This is one very drinkable IPA. 7% ABV is well hidden.

This is a very nice IPA, well balanced and very drinkable. Would make a good session beer if it were not for the high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 14:22:58 | More by FLBeerGuy
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, slightly-hazy golden orange, with three fingers of frothy white head. The head subsided slowly, leaving a thin layer of foam for most of the glass. Good bit of lacing

Smell: Pine, grass, slightly citrusy hops. Hints of a bready and honey sweetness behind the hops, but the hops dominate.

Taste: Bitterness of piney hops, with a surprisingly malty, bready finish. There is a hint of the hops in the aftertaste, but the aftertaste is much more balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, but a little too thin. The lack of body makes all of the flavors seem a little bit muted.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. If it weren't for the relatively high ABV, this would make a great session beer. One of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 21:29:50 | More by StarlightSeraph
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pretty orange-yellow with a couple of fingers of head and great lacing. Looks like a really nice IPA.

S- Hops! Floral and citrusy first (lemon zest, grapefruit), with some piney hops following. A little malt, but the hops are all over the aroma.

T- This is a great beer, in my opinion. Again, hoppy--the piney-ness takes a backseat to the citrus, especially the grapefruit. Pleasant bitterness, little bite at first, but as the bottle goes on it mellows out a little. Nice malt backbone as one gets into it too. Well balanced.

M- Creamy with good body. Nicely carbonated. More body than most IPAs I've had.

D- Love this beer. 7% ABV kind of disqualifies it for a session brew, but it's one that I sure could have a couple of.

Great taste, great balance, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 18:35:17 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One bottle was given to me by a friend of mine. This would be my 1st Bell's anything beer and so far im glad it's the 1st.

a- Color is a burt orange/golden with a very nice 1-1.5" head and lacing sticks to the glass like glue.

s- Smell is of citrus and piney hops with a hint of grapefruit and I swear honey.

t- Very strong hop flavor with a nice malty backbone that rounds it out perfectly. I may get a hint of hotness due to the alcohol.

m- Very thick and smooth.

d- I could drink this all night I believe very good beer and I am looking forward to trying the Hop Slam next!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 16:30:40 | More by nhudson
Photo of Schwab


3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all ... American IPA? Taste wise that was o AIPA to me!

A - Nice color and pour from bottle left about 1" head on glass. Definately nice appearance

S - Smelled like an APA, very nice malty flavor

T - As already mentioned, more like a PA or APA. Smooth and balanced, but far from an IPA

D - Very smooth brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 01:50:21 | More by Schwab
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not one to judge a beer by it's cover, but there's something about the label on this one that has caused me to pass this one by on many trips to the store. Finally gave it a try and glad I did. A strong offering from Bell's.

Pours a golden brown with an two finger off-white head into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Great lacing that sticks to the glass from a head that is retained till the end.

Smell is fresh pine hops and citrus. Nothing overpowering, but pleasant nonetheless.

Fresh taste at the start with a mildly bitter finish. Quite a bit of carbonation - somewhat more than I prefer. To me, this is a toned down version of Hopslam which is definitely not a criticism. Not my favorite IPA, but another solid effort from Bell's that is worth seeking out. Perhaps the batch is a bit past its freshness, but this one lacks the bite I look for in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 01:30:02 | More by LJArsenal
Photo of projectflam86


4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours nice orange amber color with 2" head that dissipates slowly leaving lots of nice lacing.

S- Floral nose with lots of citrus and hoppy scents. Maybe a tiny bit of malt sweetness but hop oil and piney grapefruit dominate.

T- Initial citrus flavor with hops dominating in the finish. One of the best pine and grapefruit hop flavors that I have ever had. Only the slightest bit of malt sweetness is present just long enough to give your palate a break from the delicious hoppy bitterness.

M- Good carbonation and medium bodied. Long hoppy finish.

D- Overall an awesomeAmerican IPA with a fantastic taste and smell. Very drinkable if you like hops!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 21:52:30 | More by projectflam86
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark amber color with medium rocky head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Crisp aroma of citrus hops and malt. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Good complex bittersweet flavor with strong bittersweet finish of long duration. Another very good Bells brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 20:47:16 | More by tmoneyba
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale clear gold topped by a thin foamy head.

Smells hoppy pine and maybe a little bit of mint. Very herbal.

Bitter hops fade quickly into a sweet crisp piny grapefruit. Little alcohol bite at the finish.

Very tasty beer. Not an overpowering IPA, but lets you know its full of hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 15:12:46 | More by bfields4
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light copper/orange color with a nice fluffy white head and nice sticky lacing.

S: Mostly a grapefruit slightly citrusy aroma.

T: Nice big grapefruit flavor. Drinking this makes me remember why I love the Centennial hop!

M: Good medium body with moderate carbonation and nice hoppiness. Also leaves some nice oiliness in your mouth too.

D: Well I'm on my third this evening and have no reservations about finishing the other three!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:46:19 | More by drgonzo3705
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am so excited that this brew is again available in the Chicagoland area. The only problem is that the SN Torpedo was also recently released, and for my money, I prefer that. But here we go...

Batch 8986

A: A nice transparent, light straw colored beer with a bone white head that quickly dissipates. Leaves a sticky lacing on glass.

S: Hop heaven. Yum. This has the most crisp, citrusy, delicious aroma. Perhaps the best smelling IPA in my opinion. I detect a grapefruit like aroma with a sweetness on the tail end.

T: The hop aroma delivers. Not as well balanced as Hopslam, but never the less delicious. The flavor is pretty much all hops, not a whole lot else going on.

M: Very thin and light body with a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Somewhat high carbonation.

D: I could session with Two Hearted on a hot summer day. It is overall an exceptional beer, and among my favorite IPAs. This one will certainly quench any sort of hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 01:32:16 | More by homebrew311
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice amber/orange color with loads of fizzy white head. Smell is mostly fresh pine needles, very refreshing and hoppy. Taste is caramel and sweet up front with a nice balanced hoppiness in the back. Sweetened grapefruit could be a nice way to describe this one.

When I first tried this beer years ago I remember thinking it was the most bitter and hoppy I had tried to date. Now it seems exceptionally well balanced and drinkable for an IPA. Very refreshing and sessionable and one of the best "non-extreme" IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 01:28:56 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of BigMike


4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After giving this beer an unfavorable review the first time around. I decided to get a fresh sixer and try it again. I'm not sure if my first sixer was old or what was wrong but i wasn't really a fan of it. Maybe my pallet has developed more in the past year. Who knows?

Batch #9499 which according to Bell's website says this was bottled on Dec. 14, 2009. Making this less then 4 weeks old. So this is a super fresh sample.

Pours a golden yellow with some orange mixed in. About a finger and half head thats white in color and somewhat soapy in appearance.

Smell is awesome. Fresh candied hop aroma. Citrus and some floral notes.

This is sweeter then i would have thought. Tastes like candied white grapefruit. A quick shot of bitterness gives way to a candied sweetness that finishes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy and smooth. Goes down with no trouble. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

The first time i tried this i said i wouldn't seek it out again. After this six pack i can say that this is a delicious beer. Maybe the fact that it is less then 4 weeks old has something to do with it. I'm not sure. I am sure that this sixer stands no chance of surviving the night.

(EDIT:) re-reviewd on Jan. 10, 2010

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 00:38:07 | More by BigMike
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of Uwftke26.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with gold highlights when held to a lamp. A two-finger off-white head recedes into a filmy collar on top of the brew, leaving thick lacing down the glass in its wake. A beautiful appearance.

S: Grapefruit hops front and center, with a lesser floral hop presence and an undercurrent of pine. Hard to detect the malts against the powerful hop bouquet, but there is a nice [small] caramel and biscuit malt nose to it.

T: Following the nose, the primary flavor is the sweet and slightly acidic flavor of grapefruit hops. A slight pine hop flavor with grassy and earthy hints. It's vaguely balanced by a biscuit malt presence with caramel decoration, but this is clearly dedicated to the hops, and it's hard to miss. The finish is a grassy and floral hop bitterness that lingers well into a sticky aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly chewy texture. Medium carbonation that results in a slightly foamy finish. I'd prefer lower carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and there is no unpleasant oily or slick feeling with this beer. Good presence and body.

D: Quite high. I liked Bell's HopSlam, and I enjoy this one, as well. It's too bad we can't get Bell's on this side of the US, but the level of quality shown here makes me want to hunt it down.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 09:02:18 | More by Arbitrator
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a 20oz nonic glass.

Pours a cloudy tangerine color with fluffy, white head. Smell is of citrus hops with a biscuity malt backdrop. Tastes is just like the smell. Fruity/citrus hop flavor that leaves a slight bittering aftertaste. Malts are sweet caramel and biscuit flavors. Mouthfeel is medium with medium/light carbonation. Drinkablilty is great; I could (and have) had just one or MANY of these beers in one sitting. Very versatile in that regard.

I love that this beer is available year-round at just about every store near me.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 02:16:48 | More by BeerStine
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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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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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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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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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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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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
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 9,993 ratings.