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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,718 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,718
Reviews: 3,075
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 592
Gots: 1,452 | FT: 41
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 taigor
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with almost no head and no lacing.

S - Smell is hoppy but not too strong. Can detect some citrus and earth scents.

T - Starts fruity sweet and floral and slowly transforms into hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

D - Excellent IPA, very well balanced, easy going and enjoyable. Would highly recommend it.

taigor, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of afksports
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

IPA's aren't my thing, but I still enjoyed this one. Had it out of a bottle on the same day that I got it in the mail. Yes, that's the state of New York distribution. We can't even buy popular year-rounds like this.

There's a ton of head, and the light amber hue sits nicely underneath it. The smell is flowery, and the hops and hop citrus are fully present, but if you're an IPA fan, the hops in here might not impress. The taste has a bit of nutty/burnt sweetness to go along with the hops and citrus, making for a nice balance. It's crisp, light to medium bodied, well-carbonated, and at 7.1ABV, this is one of those that'll creep up on you at happy hour.

I hope to have that chance soon.

afksports, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of surlytheduff
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%

Drank 11/1/2010, bottled 9/29/2010. Drank from a tulip. Beer poured an amber orange color, with about a finger of white fluffy head. A little bit of lacing was left behind after the head subsided.

Smelled very sweet, citrusy (orange predominantly), flowery. Hops are second to the fruity floral aroma. Hops up front on the drinking it, with more of a grapefruit taste than orange. Can pick up some malt sweetness. Finishes with a nice bitterness. Had a nice medium body, good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

surlytheduff, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.33/5  rDev -45.4%

A - watered down honey color, tall creamy white head. Better than I expected.

S - typical IPA hops plus some fruit.

T - mild hops but a flavor like a bunch mixed old fruit.

M - medium coating with a good amount of tingle on the sides of the tongue.

D - not my bag but I could see other people liking this.

biglite351, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of revolt914
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Not to big into india pale ales but I must say this is probably going to be my go to in the pale ale category.

A: Looks very nice and talk about a good head... this thing makes for a damn good looking beer.

S: I get a strong smell of citrus to it, almost like smelling a grapefruit and some over sliced fruit off to the side.

T: Creamy texture good amount of hop bitter taste. Citrus add depth and complexity to the malt flavor. This drink has enough alcohol in it to give a little warmth but it could be missed.

M: As you continue to this drink it gets almost a silky smooth finish across your taste buds. I think this is what makes this beer for me.

D: Very very very drinkable... without a doubt my favorite IPA to date, looking to experiment more with IPA's now that this 6 pack has grown so much on me.

revolt914, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of dimitrius
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance - Rich in color, with a good off-white head. Slightly hazy.
Smell - Citrus notes, in the form of a sweet grapefruit, with floral end notes. Slight passionfruit notes as well.
Taste - Bitter hops up front, with a sweet middle and a nice nutty, malty end. I taste the grapefruit/passionfruit I smelled.
Mouthfeel - Crisp, with a nice bite and perfect carbonation.
Drinkability - I could put a few of these down with a smile.

dimitrius, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours a clear yellow with a white head.

S. Mild Hoppiness.

T. Fairly mild hop bitterness (especially considering that this beer was no more than 1 week off of the bottling line).

M. Thin body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D. Good, but not terribly interesting.

I've had this many times at the bar and at home and loved it. I'll still buy this fairly regularly, but it didn't really hold up very well in a blinded IPA tasting.

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of chalsk
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours an amber orange haze with a white soapy head. Aroma of grapefruit and some pine. Very delicious. Grapefruit sweet up front with bitters on the backend. Dry finish. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Resiny towards the end. Very enjoyable. Another great beer from Bell's.

chalsk, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of BuckyFresh
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. The beer pours a golden color with a frothy, two-finger head. The head on this beer is amazingly pillowy and porous, with amazing retention and lacing present. There's little visible carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Amazing floral hop aroma! Citrus fruits, pineapple, pear, and grapefruit are all present. There's also some nice malty, grainy sweetness offset by a bitter grassy character.

Taste: Creamy texture with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Decent malt profile and citrus add depth and complexity. There is just a touch of alcohol and the end to add a comforting warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, with great hop bitterness. There's a pretty long finish, but the entire tasting experience is smooth and subtle.

Drinkability: Excellent example of the variety. I could definitely have a few of these on a hot summer day (or any other day of the year for that matter).

BuckyFresh, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a nice dark golden color with a pretty decent white fluffy head. Left nice lacing on the glass, and a small ring of foam hung around after the rest had dissipated. Very nice hop smell to it with some notes of citrus. I really like this IPA I think it has a good balance of hops and malt. Very nice hop presence though. Theres a slight taste of citrus and orange as well that is nice and refreshing. The mouthfeel was nice on this, it went down reeal smooth. Drinkability is good as well. I could drink these all day and nght. Good job Bells.

JizackFH, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

dark golden color with a white head. excellent lacing throughout. smell is of sweet citric hops. taste is similar to the nose with very strong lemon notes and a floral freshness to it. slight bitterness, but not much, the hops is more in the aroma. it leaves hardly any aftertaste and does not coat the mouth. very drinkable. this is one of my favorite IPAs. I was a bit worried as there was no date on this, but freshness was not an issue.

Blanco, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of TheSeeker61
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

A- Poured an inch head which faded but a thin head hung around. Has a nice foggy orange look to it. Good lacing.

S- Great hoppy, herbal, floral, citrus smell. Could smell this aroma all day.

T- Had a citrus hoppy beginning and middle to slight bitter finish which gave the beer balance.

M- Really enjoyed the mouthfeel. Went down smoothly, kinda thick.

D- Can really see how IPAs drink very well in the summer, but given where I am in Georgia today in October, it's kinda warm not summer hot but this is still a refreshing brew to sip on. As I'm not a big IPA guy this one is very impressionable and I will have this one again.

TheSeeker61, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of jmdrpi
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

12oz bottle, batch code #9977. according to website, bottled on 9/7/10. so about 1.5 months old, pretty fresh. and I bought from the cooler section.

looks a bright clear golden color. nice fluffy white head. decent lacing. big hoppy aroma, with a little citrus sweetness in there.

taste starts with a crisp hop bite, but finishes fairly balanced and clean. hint of grapefruit, orange?

medium to high carbonation, yet fairly smooth mouthfeel. for a hoppy IPA it's fairly drinkable.

jmdrpi, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of ElGeordie
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

Pint from the Capital Ale house.
Looks good: dark yellow with thinnish head.
Plenty of hoppy, citrussy aroma.
Nice and hoppy on the palate but fairly one dimensional - no malt notes to speak of.
Typical American IPA.
Refreshing but I don't think I could drink it all night.

ElGeordie, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of jlandis
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Translucent copper orange in color with a one finger white head, The head looks rich a creamy with the densely packed bubbles.

S - A blast of citrus and grapefruit right up front with a nice subtle malt profile.

T - Bitter grapefruit dominates the palate and a nice creamy malt backbone holds it all together.

M - Creamy with just enough carbonation.

D - This is a fantastic IPA, and I'm glad I picked this up in the mixed six pack from Wegmans. This is one of those beers you could drink all night and never get tired of the flavor.

jlandis, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Draught @ Mellow Mushroom Raleigh: The beer pours a fairly clear, orangish color. There was a bit of a white head on it. It has a very nice aroma. The main nose is that of citrus with some floral hops. Strong, but not overpowering. A hint of sweetness in the aroma also. Upfront taste of hops. Strong, but not overdone. Aftertaste has a bit of orange to it, a hint of both sweetness and tartness. Quite good!

Boto, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of salvo
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours pale straw almost clear with just a light haze keeping it short of clear. Half an inch of pure white soap foamy head remains for a long time, finally subsiding as a soapy resin ring that laces the glass.

Smell is all citrus hops with just an afterthought of malt sweetness. Taste is grapefruit, with lemon and orange hints peeking through. Toasted malts make a fleeting appearance before the long growing bitterness takes over, rolling over and staying with the tongue and cheeks and palate for a long, lingering, drying, antiseptic finish.

Highly, perhaps even deceptively, drinkable at 7%, and I know Bells has been getting slammed for poor QC lately, but the last few sixers I've had from them have been flawless. I'm at the point where I always try to have these, Alpha King, and Sun King's Osiris in the fridge at all times. And keeping them around becomes its own challenge because they're all so damned tasty.

salvo, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of blittle
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

A - Nice consistent head with moderate lacing on the glass with light amber color
S - Above average for an American IPA. An even balance of floral and citrus competing with a pine aroma.
T - Just the right amount of bitterness you would expect from an IPA, but beyond that, not that exciting.
M - The perfect amount of carbonation
D - Very drinkable. Easy to continue on with the second and third.

Having tasted a number of American IPAs, this one does not rank among my favorites. Disappointing relative to the strong reviews this beer has received.

blittle, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of SHODriver
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

A: Beautiful golden yellow that produced a plentiful white head that slowly receded to a pool leaving minimal lacing
S: Citrusy and piney, otherwise known as delicious
T: hard to desribe but it starts with a sweet citrus flavor, goes a little piney, then has a little spice. It finishes with a sweet and spicy aftertaste that leaves the mouth coated. Very good
M: Not too heavy and not too light with a just right amount of carbonation
D: It's a beer I'd drink in place of water. it tastes like pliny the elder but it is much more available

Overall: very good IPA with plenty of hop flavor and bitterness with just enough malt sweetness to keep it in check. I'd recommend this beer to anyone that likes IPAs.

SHODriver, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

Up front I must confess this is my favorite IPA. Pours a nice amber color with a perfect one finger head that leaves some light lacing. Great floral and hoppy notes in the aroma, with a hint of grapefruit. The taste is incredible. Smooth on the palate with the perfect mix of hoppy bitterness and malt balance. Hard to get enough of this delicious brew.

FanofHefe, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A pint on tap at whole foods Plymouth meeting.

A- comes off the tap with a good finger of off white head that settles in a bit to a thick foamy ring and some sweet lace. Golden sunset orange yellow in color with a bit of hazy given off a nice glow.

S- citrus fruits coming off with lots of grapefruit and some orange. Pine to a lesser extent. Touches of honey like sweetness with a hint of dry biscuit.

T- lots of grapefruit up front with some lemon and orange not far behind. Slow roll into a bit if conifer like sappy quality with a hint of soapy herbatiousness. Malts play second fiddle but balance things out nicely. Some bone dry scones with a bit of honey on top. Long hoppy linger.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a bright and lively carb. Bone dry finish.

D- this is a tasty ipa I always get that hint of soap but its not a turn off. On cask this is a great beer on tap its very good.

oglmcdgl, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

12oz bottle into standard shaker. from notes.

A - pours a hazy darker yellow with a nice, fluffy white head and excellent lacing.

S - Strong, floral hops but not much else.

T - Very IPA hop forward but tastes very balanced. It's definitely not a hop bomb but gives you enough bitterness to satisfy. I noticed a touch of honey on the back end, nice!

M - Medium to lighter body, a touch thin. Lots of carbonation, but overall a good feel.

D - Easy drinker. A good fishing beer, as the label might suggest! If only it came in cans....that would be awesome.

OakedCanuck, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev -4%

12oz bottle (props to the generous BA StormKing47) of batch 9990 which was bottled on September 15th and tonight is poured into my Duvel tulip.

Two Hearted Ale pours a nice dark tangerine/orange color; not 100% translucent as it has a little bit of haze to it. A nice three finger head of creamy bone colored foam rises up. Retention is very good, but lacing is a bit spotty for an American IPA. Nose is pretty good, a citrus and pine bomb, but I'm not finding any hint of malt balance. The malt definitely shows up in the taste though, equal parts caramel and bready and very good. A wave of bitterness (just a bit much for a beer of this size) washes over my palate next. I really like that this isn't just straight up citrus on the back end, a healthy dose of pine works really well. Body is a little bit light for this beer, but I think carbonation is especially key for a beer like this as it can help elevate (or dull) the hops and Bell's really nailed it for Two Hearted. It's carbed a little bit on the high end, but not anywhere close to becoming obnoxious. The only real chink in Two Hearted's armor is a level of bitterness that I think is *just* overstepping its bounds. It really is a minor quibble in the face of a great beer.

axeman9182, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of weizenbob
4.1/5  rDev -4%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottom of the bottle is lined with a healthy amount of unfiltered yeast that I decide not to pour into the glass for this sample. An aggressive head forms immediately, settling down to two-fingers and refusing to go away. The brew is a beautiful golden tint. We're off to a good start.

As I bring the glass closer to my nose I'm treated to a very fragrant ale. Not surprisingly, hops is the alpha scent here, but there is more than a subtle hint of sweet citrus odors behind all of that humulus. Upon further whiffs the citrus really comes out; it's almost orange-like.

The taste is amazing! Following the scent closely, the primary flavors are hops and citrus. The hops are appropriately strong without slapping you in the face. Alcohol is noticeable, but not out of place. There's a little spruce tingle in there as well, and overall, this is an unusually balanced IPA. I am noticing a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing unusual for the style. The more subtle characters of the brew are a welcome addition to a style that often seems to be more about how much hops can be crammed into a bottle instead of attempting to create well rounded ale.

On the mouth, this is pretty easy-going. There is not a lot of active carbonation and the ale rolls around nicely in your mouth. The lingering aftertaste could be a bit of a turnoff to those unaccustomed to an IPA. That and the 7.1% ABV bring the drinkability down a couple of notches, but it shouldn't be a deterrent to anyone looking to try an IPA at the top of its game. I wouldn't hesitate to offer this to an IPA newbie or a veteran hophead.

weizenbob, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

12 oz. bottle.
Pours a clear gold copper color with some visible carbonation. Nice white head with a bit of lacing. Has a great aroma with citrus, and some floral and slightly spicy elements. Mellow flavor, but very tasty. Florals, hops, and spice, with a hint of orange. Light- to medium-bodied, and smooth with light carbonation. A great tasty, and drinkable, IPA. Wish this were available out here in California!

mithrascruor, Oct 20, 2010
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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