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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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9,916 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,916
Reviews: 3,027
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 552
Gots: 1,048 | 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 BeenJammin


4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque golden colour with a nice 2 fingers of head. The nose has lots of fruity and citrus hops to it and not a lot of malt. There is a lot of balance in the flavor of this beer. It has lots of citrus hops with a big bready and carmelly malt flavor, there is even a bit of lemon that I detect. It is medium bodied and is fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 05:27:29 | More by BeenJammin
Photo of MPLS


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

This beer seems like the most dominant AIPA on tap in Minneapolis and for good reason.

A: Sweet sweet sweet amber topped with some small head. Lacing present. Carbonation evident.

S: Smells citrus and sharp floral notes.

T: Love the citrus taste closest to grapefruit. Very pleasant dryness lingers (best part of the beer) and makes me want to take another sip.

M: Lively, exciting carbonation.

D: My AIPA of choice in Minneapolis bars. I would consider this the beer that got me into craft beer. I remember having kegs of this stuff for a few summer parties that we threw. I can remember people drunkingly criticizing the beer, but I did not pay them much attention.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2008 01:34:37 | More by MPLS
Photo of Mauerhan


3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

so this beer has started my day off with a laugh. i saw a trick on how to open a bottle of beer with a newspaper so i decide to try it. i prep the paper. grab the bottle and as i try to pry open the bottle it slips hits me in the balls and rattles to the floor. thankfully no broken bottle. after icing down my wound i crack this open to a wonderful champagne like burst of bubbles that rush from the bottle to greet my kitchen counter. awesome.

pours a hazy orange with a nice abundant white head that falls after a few minutes leaving an impressive lace.

smell is malty. faded hops. i think this bottle may have sat a bit too long. sadly. still smells ok though.

my guess was correct. this has been on the shelf a bit to long. big old malt bomb. still tastes good. some residual bitterness at the end seems to tell the tale of hops past.

mouth is medium. i get a lasting bitterness that wont shake. not sure its a good thing.

i am 99 percent sure that i just got an old bottle of this. i would love to try a fresh one as im sure it would be a much better experience than the one i had. although it might just be the sore nuts talking.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 18:54:05 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of RickKrumenacker


3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8636 from May 7th, 2008. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Huge head upon the pour - wasn't aggressive, but still almost overflowed from the pint glass. Settles to a hazy orange color with a fluffy white head.

S - I could smell this beer even before getting close to the pint. Big citrus aroma up front - more grapefruit than anything else. Maybe a little biscuty as well. I picked up on some grassy scents as the beer warmed.

T - The first flavor that I notice is orange. It has a hop bite that that sticks around long after the beer is swallowed. I'm not getting much a malt presence.

M - Much smoother than other IPAs that I have had. Finishes very crisp and dry.

D - Very easy to drink. Alcohol is masked well. I could sit down with this beer for a nice long session.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 02:04:31 | More by RickKrumenacker
Photo of semihobo


3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz, batch 8752 bottled 9/16/08, let it warm for a while out of the fridge.

Pours with a huge head, looks like whipped egg whites, settles slowly into a perfect formed head. Quite concave, like a satellite dish. Good lacing. Nice cloudy dark peach color, brew appears totally still, otherwise would be a 5... lacing on the sides of the glass is out of control.

Smell is a mix of pine resin and citrus. A varied hop profile. Malts are light and sweet, a bile note sneaks in from somewhere though as it warms...

Taste is tough to pin down. Definitely bitter but not abrasive, the hops are not as nuanced as in the smell, just straight centennial. Much drier than expected. Straight pale malts don't make the best complement to the hops. Lots of pine resin.

Finish is dry. Sticky and full-bodied, perhaps a little too much so.

I was still finding new tastes when I finished the glass and the alcohol is well-hidden, will happily continue drinking this when I can get it. Above average.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 00:59:53 | More by semihobo
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a decent amount of head and good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of hops and citrus, more than anything else.

T: Not a strong, overpowering taste, but well done. Hops, grapefruit and mild malt.

M: A fairly high rate of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a likable, drinkable beer. Not the most stunning of IPAs, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 14:45:13 | More by avalon07
Photo of yemenmocha


4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly hazy off-gold color with contrasting white head that retains fairly well.

Nose is predominately grapefruit, maybe with some apricot. Very FOCUSED and clean.

Palate is pleasantly sharp with the hops up front, just like a real grapefruit is in sharpness. This is a very assertive beer. The malt is doughy-bready, with a good amount of salt & consequent mouth puckering sensation. Finish leans more towards the dry side of things, with the dry grapefruit bitterness having the final say.

Some may say this beer is one dimensional and lacks complexity, but like fine single malts the nice focus & concentration of this beer on the Centennial hops is a pure delight.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 05:05:17 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Reviewed on 5/10/08. Bottle. Pours a light orange/amber with a thick white head. Aroma of floral, citrus hops (orange, grapefruit, lemon), and a slight hint of pine. Awesome, awesome aroma...it just beckons to you! Flavor of hops upfront, followed by sweet malt with some wheat notes at the finish. Also got some lemon zest. Perfectly balanced- the hops do not overdominate as they do in other IPAs. Mellow, super-drinkable, well-crafted. No bitter finish. Simply superb. 10/4/9/4/16 (4.3/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 01:57:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of tadowdaddy


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

A- Light orange colored with 2 fingers of head with excellent retention. Lacing is tremendous.

S- Fruity (citrus) and flowery.

T- My go to beer. Is a very well balanced, frity and flowery ale. The hops are not overly strong, yet they do stick out. I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. Very well balanced with a bit of a malty backend. One of my favorite beers to drink due to the outstanding balance.

M- Is more thick than you would imagine, and leaves a wonderful aftertaste in your mouth.

D- Six.. easily. No problem at all. My favorite session beer.

Serving type: cask

12-02-2008 17:17:30 | More by tadowdaddy
Photo of imagineiii


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

A: poored into an imperial pint glass. solid 3 finger head, maintains very well leaving a fluffy white swiss cheese lace. carbonation is very consistent, nice amber color.

S: hop acidity, citrus, lightly sweet.

T: sweet for a non-imperial IPA. citrus to the point of being tart and very well balanced but simple.

M: Light carbonation, thin for an ipa. hops dont dominate the palate but they stick around for the aftertaste.

D: as session-able as an ipa can be.

if this beer was as ubiquitous as SNPA, Id order this when Im at bars that dont have much better. But its not, and if Im stuck in a bar like this, Ill continue ordering my SNPAs. glad I tried this beer, but Im not too upset that I dont know when Ill have my next one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 23:45:57 | More by imagineiii
Photo of MasterSki


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

Batch 8636 from July 24th, 2008. Poured into a mug.

A - This is the second bottle of Two-Hearted that has bubbled over as soon as I opened it. Not sure why this keeps happening, as they both sat relatively undisturbed for quite a while. Apricot color with bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a creamy big-bubbled lace.

S - Sweet citrus, hops, some malt, a little bit floral with a hint of pine. Good balance of bitter and sweet elements.

T - Heavy hop bitterness at the front, then melts into a mix of sweet fruits like peach and citrus (grapefruit, orange, etc.). There's a slight malt character that I get mid-palate that doesn't linger very long. Very good, but not sublime.

M - Has the thickness that I demand out of my beer. No reason that IPAs shouldn't be viscous or creamy too. Not overly carbonated (perhaps because it all came out when I opened the brew?), and very smooth.

D - Bell's - please bring these back to Illinois! This is much more sessionable than Hopsolution. Second only to Masala Mama in this regard. You can't taste the 7% at all, and it's super refreshing to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 03:14:54 | More by MasterSki
Photo of hoppheadIPA


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out deep golden orange. It developed a moderate head that settled back down to soapy bubbles that stuck to the side of the glass nicely..

Flowery citrus hops with a slight malt.

Tasted like fresh cut grapefruit, flowers, and a hint of malt in the backround.

Mouthfeel is great with good carbonation. Has a grapefruity aftertaste that I love.

It's an excellent example of the IPA...This is a "go to" beer in my fridge. I love it!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 11:09:22 | More by hoppheadIPA
Photo of swizzlenuts


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

With a nice inch head and tan/golden coloured beer, Bell's Two Hearted looks like a stunning IPA. The head has great retention and lacing. IPAs should have a nice big hoppy nose in my opinion, and this one doesn't go away from it, but what is different about this beer is the type of hops that come out; it's a fruity mixture with the malts, which I like quite a bit. The taste of two hearted isn't exactly what one would expect from an IPA, but that doesn't mean it's not great. The bitterness comes through at the end but the flavour is kind of like the nose, meaning that the hops and the malts play off of each other in a way that neither of them are in control of the beer; however, it's still quite obvious the beer is an IPA though. It also has a nice sweetness that comes through, which is kind of unexpected, but ace nonetheless! The mouthfeel is what an IPA should be! Very fucking drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 03:12:19 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of corby112


4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served cask-conditioned at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

One of the best examples of a well balanced IPA. Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy white head. Beautiful aroma of floral and citrus hops with a solid malt backbone. One of the smoothes easieest drinking IPAs I've ever had. A nice balance of maltiness and citrus and floral hops. Awesome!

Serving type: cask

11-28-2008 08:01:18 | More by corby112
Photo of thain709


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

A - A beautiful straw colored body...a nice big, white, fluffy head

S - A nice balance of floral hops and fruity hops

T - The taste follows the nose...it's bursting with fruitiness and flowers galore...there are a few sweet notes lingering

M - Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation

D - With a 7 abv...you can't tell...and the perfect blends make this a nice IPA!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 02:37:40 | More by thain709
Photo of midaszero


3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8678

A - Cloudy straw orange body with red tint and two fingers of frothy head

S - Lots of hops, kind of piney, with a little citrus and floral notes

T - Lots of bitter hops with only a little malt profile

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good IPA. A little more balance and it would do it some good but overall enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 16:59:43 | More by midaszero
Photo of JoshW


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a bottle and poured into sam adams glass. appearance was ligter than i expected and had virtually no head. smells of the usual grapefruit citrus and hops... i have a slight cold so thats all i can pick up right now. mouthfeel is light yet the taste remains strong as you would expect from an ipa. nice citrus finish on the back of this one. very easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 03:23:56 | More by JoshW
Photo of cnally


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

great looking bottle.

fizzy, bubbly head. laces on the way down. beer is a yellowy orange with some carbonation.

smell is really hoppy and a little rusty water.

flavor of hops right up front is pretty huge but the floral nature comes right out and smacks you. a little sweet, even, on the aftertaste.

really light on the tongue but ends a little sticky.

very tasty but the hop dryness comes out more with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 02:13:14 | More by cnally
Photo of Kirkles


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

Bought in a bottle from Total Wine.

A: A hazy amber ale that ended up with a large head, despite my care in pouring it. It carries a nice lacing as it is drunk.

S: Strong, flowery and citrusy. It definitely gives the impression of being an IPA

T: Citrusy and hoppy. Smelling it, I was expecting a strong IPA but found it fairly mild by the genre's standards.

M: Fairly thick and smooth with a slight fizz. I think the feel is probably the strongest point of this brew.

D: It finishes nice, but is a fairly heavy beer. I think it'd be hard to put back more than two of these. In small doses, it's very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 03:15:53 | More by Kirkles
Photo of bamadog


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

I have had this on tap previously, and I wish that I would have reviewed it then, but alas, I didn't have anything to write with at the time -- however, it is still exceptional in the bottle as well.

Appearance: Light amber in color, a very little bit of cloudiness to it, and a strong head from the pour -- I would say a little over two fingers. The head lingered for a while and shrunk to a solid lacing that lasted the entire glass.

Smell: Nice hops, and fruity -- I would say apple - so much so in fact that I would say it smelled just a little bit like a cider.

Taste: I'm a big fan -- a nice hearty ale that is wonderfully bitter. When I had it on tap, I would say it tasted a little like a Ruination, but in the bottle it doesn't come across as closely or as strong.

Mouthfeel: Exactly what I would expect from the smell -- at first it makes you salivate, then it dries relatively quickly. It doesn't feel heavy at all, which leads me too...

Drinkability: An outstanding brew -- I became a fan when I had it on tap and I will always feel good about buying this when I come across it. It doesn't feel too heavy at all, so I could easily use this as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:43:37 | More by bamadog
Photo of MTNboy


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first poured this beer it I took a shot of the beer right a way and it hit me like a bitter bullet. I then finished pouring the rest of it into my glass. It was a little lighter than a lot of IPA's. It had a dark bras colored body not as bronze as I would have thought. There was a lot of tan head and lace. This is a very frothy beer. It has a great floral and citrus hop aroma. It smells almost like a roadside fruit stand when the fruit is fresh. The taste is bitter but not as wild as the beer sits. The flavor is a lot like the smell. I'll be honest I am not always an IPA guy but this is one I enjoyed. It has a very creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 14:03:28 | More by MTNboy
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

Fresh filled growler from a friend who found a way to import a keg to New York served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly clouded orange/yellow color with a off-white head that left streaks of lacing on the glass.

S - pine and citrus hop aromas fill the nose.

T - piney, citrusy bitter hops with just enough malt to keep my tongue from falling off.

F - medium bodied, somewhat slick with mild carbonation.

D - hell yeah!

Serving type: growler

11-11-2008 22:54:44 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Jayli


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

A big thanks to TheManiacalOne for this beer.
This beer pours a golden yellow. It has a thick fluffy looking white head that fades very slowly. It leaves very thick laces. It smells quite hoppy. I also picked on a slight citrus aroma. The hops are very present. I taste almost no malty characters at all. Just a lot of hops. This beer is carbonated quite nicely. I think that this make for a good beer on a hot day. This is definitely a beer to sit for a session.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 00:22:09 | More by Jayli
Photo of BierFan


3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. Batch number: 8702.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a big white head. Really good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrusy hops. Big aroma of citrus peels and grapefruit.

Taste: Taste is like the smell with loads of grapefruit and citrus.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 19:22:04 | More by BierFan
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3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold color. Aroma of orange citrus, hops, and grain. A stiff white foam cap demonstrates good retention.

Noticeable hops on the tongue, along with sizzling citrus notes, and a lingering, phenolic, bite of plastic.

It, starts out brightly on the palette, but the phenols deaden the tongue on the finish, as it grows a bit soapy.

I've had it on draft many times, which is far superior than the bottled version.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 19:37:01 | More by Osiris9588
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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