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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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10,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,801
Reviews: 3,079
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 599
Gots: 1,491 | FT: 40
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 beersensei305
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-pours a hazy brone with a big fluffly fomay head with amazing stickniess and retention

b-great citrus hoppy scent but common to most ipas and not awe inspiring but good

t-nice malty charatcter with typical hoppiness good balance grapefruity and piney

m-medium bodied and syrupy

d-its taken me a long time to try this one out because of how common it is. yet i really really enjoy this ipa and will drink this one frequently now

beersensei305, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of caskstrength
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10197, 12 days old according to the batch finder on Bells' website. Fresy fresh, so no excuses. This is an old standby, so time for a review.

Pours a gourgeous golden yellow with just the right amount of little white bubbles (carbonation) that hang on for a while. Nice looking IPA, minimal haze.

Sweet flowers with some tropically influenced (mango?) citrus on the nose. I usually shy away from floral IPAs, but this works really well. The sweetness is stronger than usual. The pine isn't strong.

Tastes are consistent with the nose. Floral sugars (what I imagine nectar from a flower to taste like), wrapped with some mango citrus, with just a bit of pine. Not much resin. Bitterness in check. The sweetness is light, it's not syrupy or thick. Clean and crisp, 12 days old helping that. No buttery notes.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. ABV in my IPA sweet spot.

Quite a well crafted IPA. I generally prefer more enamel peeling pine and resin, but that's personal preference. I have always enjoyed drinking this beer. It's a good gateway beer for non-craft people too, have converted a few with this one.

caskstrength, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of coachdonovan
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back when I was just getting into craft beer, I remember seeking out this beer because it was so highly rated. I probably didn't know much about beer styles then, and I scoffed at the label description, "incredibly floral hop aroma," because who the hell wants his beer to smell like flowers? But at the first sniff (and sip) I was sold. Now let's see how this holds up seven or eight years later.

Pours a light gold that brings fruit to mind- apricot, peach. Pretty close to clear as the tiny bubbles float up. Head settles quickly and is the color of not-quite-fresh snow. Of course now I understand that hops don't smell like flowers, but this beer smells like hops, although it's not as pungent as others I've come across. The hops aren't scathing on the tongue, and the finish is fairly clean, and I get some late malt sweetness.

I'd like to try a fresher version of the beer - this one was bottled about nine months ago. At the end of the day it's still good and will always have a special place in my heart, but it makes me sad that it doesn't stack up with IPAs I've had since then.

coachdonovan, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy apricot-golden color with one finger of foamy white head. Nice lacing and lots of carbonation bubbles flowing.

S: Orange, pineapple and grapefruit form a powerful hop combo to start things off, and then are joined by a healthy touch of pine and some lightly toasted caramel malts. Well balanced and enjoyable, this one comes close to a 5.

T: Caramel malts just a bit more noticeable here in the front of the body, but hop bitterness quickly floods the palate- more grapefruit and pine especially, with a piny, slightly earthy finish.

M: Medium body; lively, tingly carbonation compliments the bitter taste excellently. Semi-dry, bitter finish coats the palate.

D: A great beer, and one I return to frequently. While I love the bitter qualities of this beer in a glass or two, that's usually enough for me to have my fill, even if I'll be back next week for more.

AwYeh, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Brooklyn snifter, labeled 10155 on bottle.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves lace retention.

S: This beer has more of a citrus scent to it than a hop scent, unlike Hopslam, but it has a slight floral hop scent to it.

T: The taste is like the nose, there are some citrus notes up front, which are followed by the sweet malts. The hops show up in the finish and leave bitters long after, the finish is also slightly dry.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a smooth and crisp feel throughout.

D: This is a nicely balanced beer, not a trace of alcohol. Starts off sweet and finishes bitter and drinks really smooth and crisp. Not sure if having a Hopslam beforehand hurt the scoring or not, but it is good nonetheless.

mavbrew, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of henryd30
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a shaker and the aroma is AWESOME. The pour yielded a 3 finger head that has only half dissipated after 1 full minute.

S: It's like orange grapefruit salad that is served on a pine bough.

T: I just took my first sip - very flavorful - probably a little stronger than I expected from both a hops and sheer flavor standpoint. Initially bitter but finished smooth. I would say hoppy up front with a smooth finish, almost sweet malt aftertaste.

M: Smooth and crisp.

D: Really enjoy the beer, as a relative noob to craft beer, I can see from this example what all the buzz is about. Will have another...now!

henryd30, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of soju6
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a full head that slowly fades to lacing.

S: Has a nice clean herbal and citrus aroma.

T: Has a clean citrus taste with a trace of malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: medium body, crisp and refreshing. Very well balanced.

D: Best American IPA I have had to date. Great beer any time, any place.

soju6, Feb 02, 2011
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving type: poured from a bottle into snifter

appearance: color is orange and cloudy half inch of head that
sticks to the glass and dissipated after a couple of minutes

smell: very fragrant floral, citrus and piney notes

taste: enormous hop flavor finishes with sweet maltness

mouthfeel:this is a great example of ipa. sticky sweet and well balanced bitterness

drinkability: fabulous drinkability this beer is a staple of mine.great example of ipa great value

BUNZILLA, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20th review!

I was lucky to talk a coworker who recently visited Detroit into stashing a 6 pack of this into his bag on the way home back to Houston for me. Thanks Kevin!

Poured into my dfh snifter, pours an opaque orange-ish hue, with about 2 fingers of frothy head that subsides after about a minute. Limited lacing left on the glass. Smell- pineapple, orange peel, tropical fruit. Taste- hops are present but not bitter, and the taste is sweet and floral-like. It is highly drinkable- if I missed anything in this beer, I wanted more biting hops more than the tropical fruit flavors present here. But, it was a very good beer, and I could see easily making a session out of it.

lnashsig, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of paulginva
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: This beer poured into a pint glass with a small 1/4" off-white head that dissipated quickly with good lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass. Carbonation appeared to be moderate in this hazy golden brew -- just about what I expected from this appealing-looking IPA.

AROMA: The first whiff of this brew produced a very enjoyable spicy citrus scent with a floral overlay and pleasing hints of herbs and lemon. There was also a light scent of toasted malt and just a hint of yeast.

TASTE: A light toasted malt taste supported a moderately heavy hit of mildly spicy citrus with lime and floral overlays. The hops taste arrived a bit late and lingered for an agreeably long time.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a moderately full, creamy body with a lively amount of carbonation and finished with pleasingly dry bitter taste for a medium amount of time. The tongue hit was predominantly in the back of the mouth with some tasty tingling mid-mouth. Body lacing was good.

DRINKABILITY: This brew exceeded my expectations. I definitely would seek it out for a later treat. It was refreshingly hoppy, just the way an American IPA should be.

paulginva, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of RossCain
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated December, 2010 into a tulip:

A: Pours a honey/apricot hue with a fluffy off-white head that settles down to a thin ring within some time. Grips to the sides of the glass in a bubbly, splotchy pattern.

S: The sweet smell of lemon grass upfront meshed with more floral hoppy aromas. A faint, sweet caramel malt note brushes up in the finish. Overall an inviting aroma that tows the line of the standard, quality India Pale Ale nose with ease.

T: Graces the palate upon each sip with an inviting juicy and citric hop essence weaved with dominant tones of floral lemon grass propped up by a very mild earthy, resin character. Finishes with a bitter-sweet caramel malt profile in a moderately bitter manner that lingers for just a few seconds. Well balanced and flavorful, however not something that stands head an heels above all the other India Pale Ale variations out there.

M: Medium bodied and slightly sticky in the mouth with well done carbonation. Coats the palate with a lingering bitter after the swallow but it is note overbearing. Finishes with a dry and refreshing character.

D: Well balanced, affordable, and very easy to drink, Bell's Two Hearted Ale goes down as a quality example of the India Pale Ale style in my books. However, it strength is also a bit of its weakness in my opinion as it really doesn't deviate much from the norm. Nevertheless, it is more drinkable than your standard India Pale Ale due to its more pleasant (less acerbic) finish than you will find in some.

RossCain, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Glowing hazy orange body with a couple of fingers of creamy head. Decent retention with a good amount of streaky lacing.

Quite a floral nose, with some honeyish sweetness and citric notes. Tastes a little sweeter than advertised, with hints of vanilla custard at times. More non-citrus fruitiness- apples and white grapes- than I recall noticing before. Of course, there's a fair amount of juicy citrus as well. Not as much pine flavor or bitterness as I recall (probably need to retry the bottled version). A touch boozy. Moderate bitterness.

Overall impression: Perhaps there's batch variation, but this didn't seem to have the same "pop" I remember from having it on tap. Still, a very nice fruity IPA that's easily recommended.

PDXHops, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of boyfromthenorth
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer by Bells for sure. One of my favorite in the world. Anyone who drinks IPAs and has not had this- I feel sorry for you. Get it and drink it. I would love to try this wet hopped as well maybe they would do this once- would make it even better.

Thank you for creating this gold standard!

boyfromthenorth, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden honey color with nearly two fingers of thick, creamy head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

S: A good mix of citrus and pine on the nose. Some sweet orange at first followed by grapefruit rind and pine aromas.

T: Grapefruit rind up front followed by some nice pine flavors and a decent amount of bitterness in the aftertaste. There's definitely a decent malt backbone here to balance out the bitterness, as the bitterness does not overstay its welcome and coat your tongue like in other really bitter IPAs.

M: Medium body with light-medium carbonation. The carbonation is not as heavy as it may seem at first, but still manages to accentuate the pine flavors nicely.

D: A pretty drinkable IPA. There's a nice amount of pine and bitter citrus flavor in there, but the bitterness doesn't overwhelm the palate, making it easy to drink several in a sitting. Overall, one of the better regularly available IPAs out there.

n2185, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: bright gold with a copper tint. beautiful color. fluffy white head dies down pretty quick. pretty average carbonation.

S: orange slices and hopsss. seriously, it smells like halftime at a youth soccer match. if they were also serving delicious AIPA's.

T: lots of citrus, tangy hops. heavy on the hop hand, but also balanced with a touch of sweet malt at the very tail end.

M: a little soft for the style, but just a touch.

D: super drinkable. i see what the rave is about. a really solid brew and this is definitely going on my list of fav's for AIPA's.

Jimmys, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

221st review on BA
bottle to pint
Bottle code 10183

App- A darker yellow color with almost no head on it. Very little bubble activity and almost no lacing.

Smell- Smells very floral with light citrus. The malts are very faint as well.

Taste- This was crisp and faint citrus. Had the IPA flavors across the board. Very much a tangerine flavor to it.

Mouth- Bottle says it. More crisp than smooth than I would have thought before hand. A little bit medium bodied with a nice high carb level.

Drink- A pretty good IPA. Was expecting more flavor but was pretty good.

FosterJM, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of chilly460
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Honey colored light, transparent body, with a rocky 1/2 head that dissipated quickly, ok lacing.

S - Initially piney, but definitely gives way to a lemony, citrus aoma. Not much malt presence.

Taste - Similar to the aroma, starts with a more resin/pine flavor, then moves to a really nice citrus hops flavor. Surprisingly sweet hops finish out without an aftertaste.

Feel: Nice medium body for the style, not quite chewy, but enough to be smooth.

Drinkability: This is my "go to" IPA at the local draft house, great IPA in this respect.

chilly460, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up since I was ordering Hopslam anyway. Bottle (batch 10180) poured into a tulip glass. Dark hazy orange with half a finger of large bubble white soapy head. Head dissipated quickly, leaving a bit of large holed lacing on the glass. Some carbonation slowly rises from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet orange and tangerine, orange peel, wet pine needles, and biscuit sweetness. Pleasant smell, but it doesn't fill the air with aroma like other IPA's.

Taste follows the nose, tangerine and orange sweetness mixed with citrus peel hop bitterness. Malt sweetness is just enough to keep the hops at bay in the finish, leaving a faint hint of citrus hops in the back of the throat.

Light bodied and well carbonated beer, sweeps the tongue clean after every swallow. No hint of alcohol, and very easy to drink.

Having had Hopslam and Two Hearted Ale on back to back nights, I think I prefer the balance of Two Hearted Ale.

nataku00, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of joelshults
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy, golden color with a small, white head. You can see the hop haze in this one.

The smell is fantastic. You can already smell the hops when you start pouring into the glass. The hop aroma is more earthy and piney than the bright citrus of a lot of IPA's I've tried.

The taste is a lot of hop bitterness with an earthy and sort of astringent note. The malt flavor is there, but it is definitely playing second fiddle. A good tasting IPA that is a change of pace from the citrus and grapefruit flavors that dominate a lot of IPA's.

Mouthfeel is fine. Not too thin to feel watered down, not too thick to not want to drink a couple.

Overall, the drinkability is very nice. It isn't my favorite IPA, but it is a good one. I would have no problem having 2 of these just about any time.

joelshults, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of dkrusekontrol
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been reading BA reviews for about a year now, but it's time to start contributing! Here's my first

Appearance: Poured a slightly opaque amber color with a good one inch white head. Slow to recede. Leaves strong lacing.
Smell: Very sweet! Definitely pine and orange citrus, but the fruity sweetness reminds me of ripe strawberries.
Taste: Toasted, caramel sweetness to the malt, followed by the orange and pine hop flavor. Definitely not as bold as some IPAs I've had. Aftertaste is a little off.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Pretty smooth
Drinkability: Hmm...I wonder if this is perfectly fresh. I can't get past the strange taste that climbs into the nose as I swallow.

A decent IPA, but I wouldn't come back to it unless mine is subpar.

dkrusekontrol, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-a good, cloudy darker hue of gold. thejre's a nice thick off-white colored head that stays very well. there is some lacing that stays.

S-i can smell sweet, slightly citrusy, hops. but more than anything i smell burnt buttered corn. it smells like a tasty snack! its a very strong aroma.

T-comes in with a seemingly watered down taste of hops, this doesn't last long then there's a good after-taste of the buttered corn along with some bitterness that lasts. its not a terrible beer but a top 100 beer?? absolutely not.

M-very light bodied but with a really good creamy carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

D-its not the best tasting IPA, but its one of the better drinking IPAs i've had. what decent tastes it does possess, it keeps through out the bottle. the ABV is between lower and higher, but it drinks like a lower ABV brew. I bet I could get sick on any BMC beer before I got sick on this.

AdamBear, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a SA Perfect Pint glass

This beer pours a hazy light golden orange color with a half finger of white foam on the surface. The aroma is mainly earthy hop notes leaning more towards the piny spectrum than the citrus. The flavor however deviates into having much more of the citrus hop flavor. I'm fairly certain this hop character is on it's way down from ones I've had in the past, but the hops are still quite there. The mouthfeel on this is rather smooth for an IPA and there is hardly any bitterness to be found. I must say this is rather enjoyable to drink, I would like sitting outside and relaxing with one of these, except it's winter in Chicago and it's cold as hell.

Vdubb86, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of SenorHops
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of Two-Hearted's freshest batch. Pours a nice medium burnt orange with significant haze.

Nose was by far the best thing about this beer. Tremendous Floral and citrus aromas.

Taste is earthy floral hops with a little citrus, but the floral notes dominate with a twinge of spiciness. Citrus peaks out in the finish. Pretty complex flavors up front. Unfortunately the flavors are very subdued and I like the flavors in my IPA's to "pop" more. Mild bitterness in the finish along with a slightly funky taste that I can't put my finger on. Seems to sour slightly as it warms up. Mouthfeel is a little flat and thin. Alcohol taste comes through as it warms and is a bit unpleasant for a 7% abv beer.

A little disappointing considering all the hype. Though I don't think this is a bad IPA, by any means, I feel it is just good, but not great and with so many stellar IPA's available, I would not go out of my way to drink this again. But in saying that, it is a unique brew.

SenorHops, Jan 25, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10155, bottle into a pint glass, thanks to calbertb2.

A: Aggressive pour yields a big three finger head that dissipates pretty quick. Extremely hazy, to the point that it looks like there is smoke suspended in the beer. As I turn the glass from side to side, the "smoke" moves as a unit. The orange color gets significantly darker as the glass widens toward the top. As I continue to drink the "smoke" dissipated, but man is this hazy. Lacing recedes quickly.

S: Lots or orange peel primarily, fresh citrus, with some floral and grassy notes in the background, along with a slight marl presence. The smell isn't overpowering at all, and rather pleasant.

T: Mostly citrusy hops, very close to the nose. Not too bitter but with a nice hop presence.

M: Nice and creamy. Pretty light, slightly chewy at the end.

D: Great drinkability, this is really just a very well made beer. The taste follows the nose perfectly, everything is well balanced and subtle, and nothing sticks out too much. Not over the top at all, which is very pleasant compared to a lot of IPAs (which I rather enjoy, but this is a nice change of pace).

tsatem, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The bottled didnt have a bottled on or bb date. It did have a lot number.

A- The bre pous a nice bright golden color that gave an inch and a half of thick white foamy head.

S- A light floral note that leads to good amount of hop. This is all evened out by a nice lightly roasted malt character.

T- The taste is almost right along with the smell. Alot of floraly type of hops that are combined with lemon and grapefruit citrus notes. I dont get a whole lot of malt but i do get some that helps even out the overall brew.

M&D- This is an nicely put together brew. Very easy to drink and just after drinking Hopslam from them as well, i still get alot of the hops and citrus that i tought would be overshined by Hopslam.

HOPPYKC, Jan 23, 2011
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 10,801 ratings.