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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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10,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,039
Reviews: 3,031
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,104 | 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 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
Photo of ABOWMan


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
Photo of 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
Photo of gameface23


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
Photo of woodske1


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
Photo of brewintheLou


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
Photo of gatornation


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
Photo of zoso1967


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
Photo of 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
Photo of biggred1


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
Photo of dakid618


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Trappistfan1


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
Photo of EPICAC


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
Photo of CHSLBrew


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
Photo of Bung


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

Bottle and draft. Cloudy copper pour, off cream head. Floral with some citrus and malty aromas. Citrus, biscuit, raisin, malt a good mix of flavors going on here, real good balance for an IPA. Bitter hop finish lingers just enough. Better on draft if you can get it IMO. Another good potent Bell's offering.
Also, Bell's has really balanced this IPA out, 5-6 years ago this was nearly undrinkable it was so hopped up dry.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 01:12:04 | More by Bung
Photo of mizzourah


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a nice, white one inch head.

S- I detect mostly citrus, perhaps grapefruit, and some pines

T- I can taste the citrus up front and the grapefruit is more pronounced. Then the hops kick in with a bit of spiciness.

M- Good carbonation. It has a crisp finish as well.

D- Very drinkable, but not my favorite IPA. Still, the hops aren't overwhelming and the citrus upfront balances it nicely. Could easily down a few of these

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 01:37:15 | More by mizzourah
Photo of raoulduke37


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden/orange color with an off-white head that sticks around for a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S - Very good citrus smell, with some pine. Definite floral scent as well.

T - A very good stock IPA. Much prefer it to Stone and other overtly hoppy aggressive beers. Citrus and lemon flavors, with balanced hops and malts. Refreshingly crisp and clean finish, and great creamy aftertaste.

M - Balanced carbonation and creamy finish.

D - Would make a great session beer if I didn't have to trade for it. Thanks to psunate for sending it all this way!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 05:18:07 | More by raoulduke37
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Slightly hazy light gold/amber color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy light biege head with fair retention. Decanted continually.

S: Very pleasant grapefruit and citrus floral hops. Minimal malt presence.

T: Grapefruit up front then lemon peel in the bittering hop finish. Light, sweet malt in the background. Nice tasting without being overdone in hop character (not looking for a DIPA here).

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Drinks smooth with a dry cripness that still lets it go down smooth.

D: Solid APA session beer here...I had three and loved them all.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 00:00:55 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of LiamMcFee


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

I've been on another IPA journey, lately, and it's been great. In order, I have visited Bell's HopSlam, Stone Ruination, and Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I'm delighted with all three, and in love with HopSlam, but the surprise of them was Two Hearted Ale. I've long been a fan of Dogfish's 60- and 90-minute IPAs, and the Hercules Double IPA has been the king of that style for me for a while. You'll have to read other reviews to see if it has retained its crown . . .

Two Hearted definitely beats it in one category: drinkability. It's a big-hopper, for sure, but it has a better balance and doesn't assault your taste buds like Hercules or Ruination. Citrus and pineapple are refreshingly pleasant, and the malt is right where it needs to be. To echo another review, it's so enjoyable that the glass is empty before you're ready, and you definitely want another. I need to test it against a few more, but for drinkability and price (compared to the very pricey competition), this may be my new favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 16:03:03 | More by LiamMcFee
Photo of jjboesen


4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best beers brewed by one of the best regional breweries. The opening is a spectacle: there is a giant billowing head that climbs atop a clear liquid amber body. There is nary a carbonation bubble to be seen; however, the glass retains a modicum of clingage, consisting of small glistening slabs of floral-scented lace.

The nose is overwhelmed by intnese notes of apple and lemon, a wonderfully enticing bouquet that welcomes many senses. Additionally, there is a sweet taste of citrus that is carefully balanced with lemony hops to make for a smooth mouthfeel.

This Two-Hearted is a splendid quaff that proves to be quite a sessional beer. Yummy indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 21:52:46 | More by jjboesen
Photo of sprucetip


4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cold bottle into warm glass in, of all places, the Detroit airport. A place called the Online Cafe, just in case you happen to be passing through the airport and want a quality brew.

Hazy, almost golden, fluffy white head stays a while, leaves thick patches of lacing.

Initially strong grapefruity and floral hop aroma. Mellows and blends well later. Sufficient malty base is evident.

Strong and sweet malty base provides backdrop for a deep hoppy bitterness and flavor. Grapefruity and floral flavor, with moderate bitterness. Smooth and balanced.

Plenty of carbonated, fiz fades and a rich, fullish texture emerges, some mild bitterness in and after the finish, but quite crisp and clean overall.

A rare 5, but I just don't know how this one could be any more drinkable. One of the best IPA's I've had, and to have it for the first time in an airport is quite ironic.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 04:28:09 | More by sprucetip
Photo of dukedevil0


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

Six pack from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours only slightly hazy orangy yellow with white head and good lacing.

S: Major hoppy scent, sweet citrus

T: Similar to smell with a slightly bitter finish

M: very full bodied and well balanced, right on for a good IPA

D: major drinkability, easy to drink, no alcohol in the taste, and tastes good

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 01:02:30 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of unitas3


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

Poured a pale semi-cloudy body with decent head and good lacing. The color is a golden haze similar to Dogfish 60, but a bit more orange.

The smell is sweet with a great deal of hops and nice floral notes. The taste is well balanced (after warming up) with a nice finish. Quite dry with a good bit of pine and citrus. Good carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel. At 7% the drinkability is rather outstanding.

A good beer to say the least, however as far as American IPAs are concerned Dogfish 90 still rules my world.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 21:12:57 | More by unitas3
Photo of SparklePants


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

Very well balanced beer... Delicious! This is the kind of beer when you drink it and before you know it the glass is gone and you want another.

Favorite IPA! Light golden color with a finger head on top. Smells like grapefruit. At first taste I can feel the perfect balance of this beer. Hoppy in the best way yet smooth on the way down. An easy drinking beer for anytime or any occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 15:19:35 | More by SparklePants
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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