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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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9,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,884
Reviews: 3,027
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 550
Gots: 1,034 | 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 ruckzuck


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

A friend from DC brought me this, and I'm totally amped on trying it!

A - pours a nice hazy dark gold body with a thick and pillowy head. Makes me want to drive right in!

S - floral and piney hops really dominate. Definitely some citrus and grapefruit aroma in there as well. Smells great!

T - wow! A bit more bitter citrus in the taste than in the nose, but the pine really stands out. Utterly delicious. There's a light maltiness holding everything together, but hops are the star here and man oh man are they doing an excellent job. Aftertaste is nice and bitter, but not overly so. Well done, Bell's

M - medium bodied, but not as heavy as other American IPA's. Plenty of carbonation. Goes down quite well, and the aftertaste really is good

D - incredible! I now see why my DC friend buys this stuff all the time. Bell's: COME TO GEORGIA! Can't recommend this enough if you're a fan of American IPA's. Delicious, balanced, and completely drinkable. I have 3 left and will be savoring each. This is one of the most standout beers I've had in a while

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 01:38:02 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of jtothamo


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

I enjoyed this at The Heorot last Tuesday. This is a beer I tend to come back to more often than not. I enjoy the "back to nature" taste of this beer.

Appearance- A light caramel color, with a light, white foamy head.

Smell/Taste- I sometimes get floral overtones in both the smell and taste of this beer. This particular tasting was a little soapy (which had more to do with the glass than anything). However, it was still incredible as the flavorful beer over-powered the dish soap. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation, playful!

Drinkability- I enjoy this beer. It's definitely not a beverage for lite beer drinkers. I think it is an exceptional beer that should definitely be consumed...great around a campfire!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 19:10:00 | More by jtothamo
Photo of kels


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Mulligan's in Rookwood last night. Poured into a hot, straight-from-the-dishwasher pint glass:( Don't think it messed with the beer too much, though, as it was still pretty damn good.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with carbonation bubbles running throughout. Very thin white frothy head that held the entire time I drank it. Enormous sticky lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Very bright and citrusy with hints of pine, just as I'd expect for an IPA. The citrus smells grapefruity.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouth is light to medium with loads of carbonation. Very grassy/piney tastes with loads of citrus. Tastes less like grapefruit than it smelled - more like orange and tangerine, maybe even lime. Bitter, but not nearly as much as other IPAs I've tried. Actually pretty nicely balanced.

Drinkability: Pretty high for an IPA - goes down very smoothly and the carbonation makes it really fresh and light-tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2008 21:28:26 | More by kels
Photo of SmithwicksNut


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

Appearance: A very nice white thick foamy head which lingered throughout the beer. The lacing was a beautiful sight on the side of the glass. The color was gold and cloudy (similar to an unfiltered wheat).

Smell: A sweet floral high hop aroma with a hint of citrus. The hop aroma never realy faded and stayed all through drinking the beer.

Taste; The taste was a great hop taste. It was clean and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Was rich and full not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This a very good beer. It was one of the best I have had recently.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 02:47:57 | More by SmithwicksNut
Photo of luciusgilmer


4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours with rich golden cloudy color and a fizzy seeming head. The head lasts a short time. A nice opaque color.

S: Strong, hoppy smell. If you like this sort of really hoppy beer, and I do, this is a very strong beer to consider. Lovely, floral, fresh. A bit citrusy, but not so much as Bell's Oberon.

T: In the last year, this has become my favorite beer, though I have had other IPA's without considering it one of my favorite styles. It's got a surplus of taste, if anything. Crisp.

M: This beer fills the mouth; no awful cloyingness. Just the right carbonation.

D: Its smooth, balanced flavor makes it very drinkable, though it's more of a half session beer for me due to its 7.0 ABV.

Not sure if this is the best IPA out there, but that's what these reviews are for, and it's certainly a contender.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 23:50:54 | More by luciusgilmer
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4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice 2 finger head that leaves some nice sticky lace as it recedes. Although the lacing recedes, it has a nice fluffy cap throughout. The body is a shade above golden with some minimal sediment.

S- Nice pine, grapefruit aroma with a great malty bready backbone.

T- Starts thick and creamy with notes of light pine and citrus hops then moves into a nice light caramel-breadiness and finishes dry. This is the definition of balance.

M- Great thick feel and carb spot on.

D- The 7% is very well hidden in this brew, and although it's not sessionable, it's damn drinkable. It's odd it took me so long to review this as I have had it quite a few times. I will be enjoying again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 01:49:54 | More by Greggy
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber/orange color with a huge 3 finger white fluffy head. Lacing coated the entire inside of the glass.

Nose is completely dominated by citrus aromas. Not the most pungent of beers. The nose is actually a little disappointing.

The taste is ridiculous. Tons of hop flavors. Citrus rind and grapefruit dominate the taste. Pine presents around the mid palate. Nice slightly sweet maltiness hides underneath the hop profile. Remarkably well balanced.

Mouthfeel is rich and full. not overly carbonated which lends to the rich, but not viscous mouthfeel.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. In fact, one of the most drinkable IPAs I have ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 00:35:27 | More by brantadid
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3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours an almost standard lightish tone of what you would expect from an IPA. when poured down the middle of the glass it gives a 2 finger head that lingers and laces down the side of the glass.

S: underwhelming smell of hops with undertones of fruit, but predominantly hops.

T: The taste hits you harder with hops that the smell would lead on. Tastes of both piney and citrusy hops that as the beer warms, become more evident.

M: smooth feel with a little bit of carbonation. subsides as the beer gets lower in the glass

D: although I rarely consider IPAs session beers, I could see myself sitting down and drinking a bunch of these. The beer is light enough in texture that you can sit down and really feel this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 02:35:30 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yellow pour, with a big rocky beige head. Aroma is citrus hops. Flavor is dominated by hops, citrusy, piney, big hop bite. Minimal malt profile, not enough to detract, but enough to be known. Full mouthfeel, just short of chewy.

I've had this on tap before, and IMO, it's a better beer than bottled. I'll surely drink this again, as it's still a fine beer, but given the choice, I'd take it on tap over bottled.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 21:12:50 | More by dancinwillie
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a vigorous beige head. Nice aroma of resin and floral hop. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is very hoppy, piney with a hint of grapefruit. Finishes smooth and tasty with medium maltiness. Yaste is a little better on tap as compared to the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2008 00:40:40 | More by stoutman
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Beautiful looking beer. I picked up a six pack on a recent trip to Madison, WI.

After hearing about this so much, I was quite excited to give it a try.

I poured this into one of my Smuttynose tulip glasses to be sure to enjoy the aromas etc. The beer poured with a beautiful creamy head that rose about a ½ inch above the rim of the glass. It had pretty nice retention before settling back into the beer. An 1/8 inch skim of foam remained for the balance of the beer's life. You can tell this is a lacing monster.
Color was a slightly cloudy honey amber color with orange highlights. Could not see any carbonation.

Aroma was very nice and really had a lot of grapefruit and citrus notes. You could also detect some of the grains in the aroma which over all was very fresh in nature.

This is indeed a nice beer. Nicely balanced with a citrus flavor that reminds me of peaches, oranges or nectarines.... Something like that. There is graininess to the taste that is interesting. The hop notes at the end are very interesting and the finish is quite dry.

Mouth feel is medium/Light in body and it's quite drinkable.

I've heard some insane comments about this beer like it was one of the best in the country. I'm sorry it's not. It's good. Very good. But there is a long lost of IPA's that I would run to before this one.

That being said, I'll enjoy the balance of the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 20:29:39 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of SykDoc


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

Bell's created another great beer. Had this from a 12 oz. bottle and poured into a pint glass.
The beer presents with a 1/2 inch off-white head that is quite long lasting, as it has been present for over 5 minutes now.
The beer has a cloudy appearance and copper in color.
A strong hoppy aroma with floral and citrus scents.
A strong hop flavor presents as a clean drinking beer with a quite dry finish. Although dry and bitter, it is very smooth.
Overall, a great tasting IPA with good balance and likely to make most beer and IPA lovers happy.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 23:44:11 | More by SykDoc
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with good head retention and lacing. Slight haze to the beer.

Sweet, hoppy nose...very grapefruit-esque. Also smell some bubblegum, watermelon, grass and lime zest. Smells fresh, sharp and clean.

Taste is of mega-citrusy hops. Also some underlying eath tones. A rather easy drinking IPA. Has a clean, dry finish that doesnt leave that resinous stickiness on the tongue. Carbonation is high.

A very nice IPA, quite drinkable and is not over the tops with hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 05:43:29 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Chip's Wine and Beer Market in Nags Head, NC.

A: Copper hue with an orangish tint. Has a magnificent thick 2 inch head (off white) that is rocky with good retention. Hazy and effervescent.

S: Very strong floral hop aroma. Caramel like malt aroma that is sweet is noticeable in the background. There is some grapefruit character here but it takes a back seat to the floral elements in the nose.

T: Floral and grapefruit hop character. Medium high bitterness is fantastically smooth. Malt flavor is clearly present with a caramel character.

MF: Moderate light body with a dry mouthfeel. No astringency. Moderate carbonation.

D, notes: This IPA is well balanced, wonderfully hoppy and bitter without the over the top bullshit that accompanies so many West Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 17:08:44 | More by Nipitato
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, MI.

A - Golden and hazy and a thick white head with nice retention. Decent lacing.

S - Earthy and piney. Some malt. Not bad but this was my least favorite part of the experience.

T - Fruity, smooth and well balanced. The 7% alcohol is well hidden.

M - Sturdy consistency and good moderate carbonation.

D - An enjoyable but not overly outgoing IPA. Smooth, clean and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 22:48:09 | More by GJ40
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Clear gold with a giant, sticky, long lasting head.

S - Hoppy. Big pine and grapefruit.

T - Resinous hops: fresh grapefruit and grapefruit rind, tangerines. Intensely bitter aftertaste.

M - Slick, oily body with appropriate carbonation.

D - I quite like this one - a big, fragrant hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 18:28:56 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blisscent for the opportunity to try this one. Batch# 8491 served in a nonic. Poured a hazy caramel-orange with a rocky, bright white, two inch head. Copious strands of sticky lacing with strong legs. Scent is floral hops and citrus. Primary flavors consist of hops, citrus and a piney essesnce. Also picked up a feint sweetness as well a biscuity quality and some residual spice that is difficult to place. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied with a pronounced carbonation burn. Easy drinking IPA with an interesting character and balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 01:50:00 | More by Jwale73
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden straw color, somewhat hazy but not too hazy with a thin white head. Astoundingly fragrant, a wonderful bouquet of aromas. Brilliant piney hops shooting through with grapefruit citrus tones at their side. Very floral, probably the most floral single IPA I've ever had. A very crisp and well-balanced nose. The hops seem to be as well used in bell ipas if not better than any I've tasted. They just strike the perfect note here for me; piney, farmhouselike, and faintly smoky at the end. Citrus is still present, grapefruit in this case. A mild nuttyness. This is one distinct ipa and really something special. Mouthfeel is a very crisp and deliberate light-medium body. Quite smooth and highly drinkable this beer is one to savor anytime and with just about any kind of food too. Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 00:37:51 | More by Duffman
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a 3 cm off white foamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of pine and citrus. Initial flavor of smooth bread malt and a spike of piney hops. Flavor becomes overwhelmed and dry with hops and has a lasting aftertaste. Moderate carbonation, medium body, alcohol noted as it warms and in the aftertaste. Overall one of the better IPAs I have had, no shock it does well in tasting comps.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 02:15:02 | More by joekfsu
Photo of gpogo


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

A- Clear golden orange with large fluffy off-white head. The head retention on this is beautiful, fluffy clouds sit atop my beer.

A- Citrusy grapefruit and orange hop aroma along with a slightly fruity and sweet malt aroma. Upon opening the bottle delicious aromas filled the air, this is a great beer that you can just enjoy from aroma.

T- Much like the aroma hoppy goodness takes control, citrus fruits. Definitely a slight malty sweetness.

M- Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation. This may mask the sweetness giving more of a dry finish. Slight citrusy aftertaste.

D- Yes. One of my favorite IPAs. Probably best with a meal and not as a session beer. This is something to take time with and fully enjoy the whole experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 19:06:50 | More by gpogo
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance: Tall, strong, meringuey ivory-yellow head that lasts quite a long time, and appears quite Belgian in structure. Body is orange and finely clouded.

Smell: Very yummy hops giving off a wide range of flavors - orange zest, lemon, mint, lavender, and a distinct, zesty note of ginger (very nice). Floral, citric, spicy - a bright and winsome hop bouquet backed by honey, gingerbread, and deliciously juicy caramel apple notes.

Taste: All those bright, tasty hop flavors from the nose are here, with an emphasis on orange. Despite hop dominance throughout, the sweetness adequately balances but never cloys, while providing a fruity, juicy sweet flavor. A hint of cinnamon and clove adds to the complexity and lush sweet-and-spicy character.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and medium bodied; well-tuned to the flavor.

Drinkability: Excellent, flavorful, balanced, robust, and of course, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 20:56:58 | More by soulgrowl
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was the first and only so far beer I have had from Bell's. I have to say I am very impressed. A great buddy and fellow BA recommended this one since he knows I love IPA's and that Dogfish Head 90 minute is my favorite. He said this was better than DFH-90, but I have to say it does fall a little short of that mark for me. Don't get me wrong I loved the beer, but it did not have that fruity lick your lips dimension.

This beer was poured into a Duvel glass and had a nice 1 inch head that dissapated into a thin lacing that never left. So far, so good! The smell was good with a clean hoppy, but not overbearing aroma. This calls to you and says - "don't be scared, I won't bite." This is definately a cross-over beer for anyone afraid of IPA's.

The mouthfeel is a little watery for my liking. I think it is refreshing - but you have to understand that my ideal beer is DOUBLE IPA so anything short of a 9% ABV hopped to absolute perfection is going to feel a little watery to me. At least I am honest.

Ok, so back to Bell's 2 Hearted Ale. I think the finish ends a little too abruptly for me. I would like this beer a bit better if it had a little more depth of flavor. But if you are looking for a beer you can basically drink all day and tastes amazing this is it.

I would recommend it to anyone and I would definately buy more than a sixer. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 15:46:05 | More by PerzentRizen
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- O'Reilly's Irish Pub

from notes

A- 16 oz draft arrives at my table an amber gold color. A nice little lacing is left behind on my glass.

S- a hoppy grapefruit/orange aroma. Very citrusy. slight malts that have hints of toffee or caramel.

T- A hoppy grapefruit. it tastes like i actually bit into a grapefruit. orange or coriander. slight bready/biscuit rounds out.

M- juicy yet dry. hoppy and citrusy.

D- easy to put down and very smooth. a six pack would be great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 19:02:10 | More by Dodo2step
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of tayner, probably the most generous lady in the history of ever.

Pours from the bottle clear and golden, with a small, bubbly head. Aroma is mild but fragrant hops, more floral and grassy that citrusy. There's also a lot of malt there, honey, fresh bread, and a hint of lemon juice. Taste is soft, mild, but dominant bitterness, backed by some very flavorful malt that tastes almost like pancakes or waffles. Nice tea-like flavor around the edges. Mouthfeel is balanced, carbonation not-quite-prickly, more viscous than most IPA's, but the strong bitterness in the finish keeps it to style.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 17:21:40 | More by trill
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North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

floral hops in abundence, this is bid and bitter and hides the alcohol well, this starst sweet and has a smothness in all areas of the beer, this is about as good as it gets. this beer is one that i have to get more of for sure. i want to thank my aunt and uncle for bringing me home this beer from vacation. this is a beer that i could drink every day if it were avalable heer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 18:06:50 | More by orcasteve
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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