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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

11,115 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,115
Reviews: 3,108
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 610
Gots: 1,654 | FT: 42
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 StaveHooks
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light bronzed orange with a dense 2 finger head that leaves average lacing.

S - Big floral hops along with grapefruit/tangerine. Lots of apricots and melon on top of a bready pale malt.

T - Sweet melon, sweet pale malt, ginger, hops provide an edgy lemony floral flavor. The citrus turns to green pine and is present but not pronounced. This dries out at the end leaving a different kind of bitterness. Bold, yet not harsh.

M - Medium firm body, good carbonation.

The hops are bold, yet not harsh. Impeccable balance with a variety of hop flavors. Malt holds up strong as well.

StaveHooks, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though we may like to rate beers based on many properties, its all about the taste and this IPA is one of the best in this category. As variable as IPAs can be, this beer captures to quintessential IPA flavor. Other IPAs seem to be variations of the Two Hearted Ale. This is a recurrent beer in my frig and a personal favorite.

kylehay2004, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of alf212
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed sometime last year forgot to put a date on the notes:

Poured into snifter gives a bright amber orange color that's mirky and hazy from all the little tiny remnants. Looks like beer sap or something lol. Lacing is intense leaving foam and particles uuuurrrywhere.

Smells as soon as you open the bottle and it's amazing. HOPS HOPS HOPS and some more HOPS. Citrusy orange hops to an extreme. I mean this is what a hospickle is ladies and gents.

Taste starts off rather sweet and malty until WHAM the hops rush in and nearly take over the beer. The hops are huge just like I expected from the nose. A little pineyness coming thru but its all about the grapefruit citrusy hops with this beer.

Mouthfeel is also amazing. Thick n slick with some chewyness. Love these kind of beers that have a thick mouthfeel but don't bomb your stomach like most stouts.

Overall an amazing beer, depending on my mood I'll like it more than Hopslam--don't hate. One of my go to beers if I can't find any new stuff to try.

alf212, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of BobCS
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - amber with a slightly orange hue, white fine head and lasting lace. I received two bottles in two different trades, and the first was quite cloudy and had a sediment. I will score off the second bottle which looked and tasted better, but wonder if there is a some variation in package quality. The batch finder on Bell's website seems to be either not working or choking on these batch numbers.

S - citrus hops with some fruit in the background, but definitely hops are up front

T - strong hop flavor and distinctively bitter finish made to seem all the more assertive by the very dry finish. The malt sort of disappears at the end leaving a lingering bitterness to ride it out alone

M - moderate body, bitterness is sharp and tongue-coating which has a bit of an astringent quality

O - decent hop-forward American IPA

BobCS, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of jgurley
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice warm honey color. Thin head with good lacing. This beer has the a solid 5 for smell. I get citrusy hops, but as it warms, it gets even better. Imagine the wonderful smell of a summer produce market with tons of ripe melons, apples, pears. Ripe cantaloupe is very present. The taste is fresh and hoppy with some malty sweetness. Clean, dry finish. Good full bodied yet refreshing mouthfeel. Delicious. I feel the need to add that this beer seems to be EXTREMELY fresh.

jgurley, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of EJ6759
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, clear orange-golden color with a decent white head that lingers. The aroma of hops is strong, with notes of grapefruit and flowers, very good smelling. The flavor again has the hops forefront with some citrus and malt, finishing with floral flavors. Amazing flavor without overt bitterness, a really, really good IPA.

EJ6759, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long lasting white to off-white head so slowly recedes above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Citrus with some pine in the aroma, a nice hoppy blend that stay without being overbearing.

Drinking this IPA is like a mix of west coast IPA and a most traditional IPA's with outstanding results, and nice easy drinking yet hoppy drink. Blended citrus hops with a light earthy pine taste with little hints of ... maybe yeast or grains, no real answer other than just a little something hangs on the end of each drink.

A nice slightly biting dry bitter hops aftertaste lasts several seconds or well til I take another drink.

Very happy to have had the chance to drink this, and I'm sure I'll seek this beer out again and again...

LXIXME, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review was long overdue.

Appearance -- Pours a honey amber hue with a finger of sudsy white head. Handsome.

Smell -- the aroma is bursting with sweet juicy citrus flesh, pithy peel, wet-nap, and honey malt. Vibrant hop bomb with a soft underlay of malt.

Taste -- Massive citrus hops, akin to tangerine flesh and grapefruit zest. Hop bitterness is in good proportion: assertive, but not a trial by ordeal. Malt is drier than the nose would suggest, but still with a modicum of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with crisp carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall -- A great easy-drinking, go-to IPA. However, freshness is especially critical with Two Hearted as the hop character falls off in a hurry. Great, but not a show-stopper.

yeahnatenelson, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of NurseJody
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mellow Mushroom :)

Wow - let me just say this is one of the best 'hoppy' bears I've tasted....

Upon pouring, it's an amber, dark color, yet clear. The 2 or so finger white head is quite appealing. Lacing throughout the glass as you drink...

On the nose, it's slight citrus. Very subtle, yet there.. The palate is amazing! Citrus notes as the hops stand out with a tender bite, yet it finishes oh so well. Bell's did a great job with this one! It's very drinkable!!!!

Overall, I would highly recommend this beer! If you like hops, and a slight bite, try this one, for sure!!!!

NurseJody, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with a really hazy golden yearly color. The lacing is great with a nice white head. The smell of the beer is very hoppy. The taste of the beer has a nice citrusy lemon lime flavor. There is a nice light to medium body. Overall a damn good IPA all around.

Knapp85, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. The body is a tad darker than straw, translucent. Got one finger of head on a decent pour, this receded quickly to a thick ring and a thin layer on top.

S. I smell a pine forest garnished with oranges and lemons.

T. Flavor is to taste, only more complex, as I get orange, lemon and lots of grapefruit. I taste a bit of spice mixed in with the dry bitter ending. Very good.

M. IPA. Medium bodied, refreshing, good bitter, dry, slightly sticky end that leaves you wanting more.

CFHMagnet, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright light orange color with a full head that subsides fairly quickly. Leaves little lacing on the glass.

Complex aroma with citrus fruits, spice and caramel. Full flavored with great balance between hop flavors and malt. Big round bitterness on a long finish. Very bitter but not harsh.

Medium/light body with good carbonation. Very light and nimble for the abv.

Well constructed, easy to drink. One of the top American IPA's in my book.

CliffBrake, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy orange with a solid two-finger eggshell-colored head with some decent carbonation going on. Hoppy citric and floral notes announce the presence of Centennial hops.

Taste is hoppy with some grapefruit and tangerine-like notes along with hints of pine. There is a little malt, but it is definitely hop-forward. It finishes crisp and clean with a decent, but not at all overpowering bitterness. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste at 7.1% ABV. Medium-bodied with a nice mouthfeel make this a dangerously drinkable brew.

Don't know that I'd call it a hophead's nirvana per se, but if you are looking for a balanced,high-quality, refreshing, and drinkable IPA...look no further. This is one of my go-to's for sure.

BeerFiend2002, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Lerxst
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours a clear golden/orange with a creamy one finger white head that has good retention and left ample amounts of lace.

S-Citrus hoppy goodness along with some floral and pine/resin notes with traces of toasty malt subtly making its presence known.

T-Citrus hops bite first with a slightly resinous feel coming in as well. Tasty, toasty malt is there but letting the hops shine. Slightly bitter bite. Not a hop "bomb" at all but it lets you know you're drinking and IPA.

M-Medium body and carbonation, slightly slick and oily but finishes clean.

O-This is one darn good IPA that I have enjoyed many times before but this was the first time I have had the pleasure of experiencing it on tap-and it didn't disappoint.

Lerxst, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of prg1976
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5-6-11

Pours a clear yellow-orange color with a fluffy white head. Lots of retention and lacing.

Smell is citrusy hops, all over the place.

Taste is grapefruit, a hint of sweet alcohol too.

Medium body, decent carb.

Overall, an excellent IPA. Could easily drink a few of these over an evening.

prg1976, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After 10 years of drinking this Michigan staple, I think it's time to review it.

Poured from a mini-keg into a pint glass, I observe a pale golden yellow brew with a dense white frothy head. The lacing is very sticky and adds to the appearance.

Light malt and wheat lead the smell with citrus hops backing that.

With pale malts providing a solid backbone, the hops steal the show. The Citrusy hops provide primary flavors of orange and tangerine.

This has a solid feel in the mouth with ample drying in the end.

This is a must have Michigan based ale. Not many beers can beat this when tasted fresh from Bell's taproom.

TCgoalie, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of BobZ
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in Virginia, chose the 20 oz. Pour.

Appearance: Amber in color, “golden orange” would best sum it up. Came with a 1” head and left decent lacing.

Smell: A nice fresh IPA with a smell as expected, Citrus & Pine.

Taste: Hoppy grapefruit with resinous pine, malt backbone barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: The hoppy character and a solid level of carbonation make this beer crisp and clean on the palate.

Overall: Solid example of an IPA, again fresh on tap was a nice way to experience this beer. IPA’s and DIPA’s seem to be very “basic” animals, slight variations on a citrus/pine, hoppy formula.

BobZ, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

into a nonic

Pours a hazy golden orange with an ivory colored head that fades to a good bit of lacing.

Smells like lots of citrus and very floral with a hint of breadiness.

Tastes bitter and a little more malty than I was expecting. Not as hoppy as I anticipated but there is a light grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation.

Overall is really good. The last one of my six pack and I just had to review it.

daveytheformer, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of HokieWolf
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Rich amber, almost orange, decent white head, nice white lacing, very typical American IPA coloring

Smell - Citrus, Floral, and herbal. A good hint of what's to come.

Taste - hops followed by slight grapefruit with a very very crisp end. Malty more than hoppy and no taste of the 7% ABV

Mouthfeel - Stays on the tongue for a moment, smooth going down with a crisp end. This beer tends to go fast and before you know it you are ready for another.

Overall - A very good beer, a staple that I tend to keep in my fridge year around along with DFH 60 min.

HokieWolf, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of SiggyFay
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is very hard to obtain in my area. I have to resort to smuggling this beer either south of the Mason Dixon Line or south from Virgina as it is not distributed in The Old Line State.

Fortunately after contacting Derek @ Bells he directed me to locations close to me in the states mentioned above. He also reassured me that MD was on the "short list" of states they want to enter once they can open a new brewhouse hopefully in 2012. Woohoo!

But it is worth the gas spent to have this tasty beverage again and again.

While I prefer to drink it from a insulated or traditional pint glass it stands up very well straight out of the bottle while camping or when glasses are not available.

A great balance of sweet and bitter. Hands down what I believe to be the best American IPA in the country to date.

SiggyFay, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of yusef
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a British nonic pint glass

A: pours a hazy golden orange color with a huge white fluffy head. good amount of carbonation streaming from bottom and patches of bubbles stuck to side. lots of sticky lacing

S: one of my favorite parts of this beer. great citrus smell with a lot of pineapples. hops and sweet malt. no alcohol is detective.

T: lots of hops, citrus and piney. taste is what i would consider a west coast style, where the hops are the star of the show with a solid malt backbone. great hop bitter finish.

M: medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. very smooth and refreshing

O: great representation of the style and one of my consistent go to beers. this beer and sculpin are probably my 2 favorite IPA's that are available in my area. also bells bottle dates each beer so i never have to worry about getting an old batch.

yusef, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of sweetwaterman
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle purchased ~May 2011 in SE Michigan)

Appearance: A very rich honey gold. Hazy, good head that really persists.

Smell: Bold hops, very green, piney, rosemary notes

Taste: Initial sharp hops then full resinous arrival, drying, no real malt here, just straight hoppy goodness, a long dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, an easy drink.

Overall: One of my all-time favorites. Highly recommended.

sweetwaterman, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of kevinv
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #2,500 for Bell's Two Hearted Ale!

12oz bottle dated 5/11/11 poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, copper-orange with a 1.5-2 finger fluffy off-white head. Good head retention with a little lacing.

S - Floral and piney hops largely make up the nose. Lots of fruits - grapefruits, light peaches, and a zesty citrus. Nice pale malt backbone.

T - Soft, smooth pale malts with a caramel sweetness bring way to a well-balanced and fresh hop profile. The hops bring piney, citrusy, and light fruity flavors to your tastebuds. Extremely well balanced beer. Only a moderate bitterness with a dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with a fine carbonation.

O - This is a very drinkable beer and priced quite nicely too. Very refreshing during the hot summer months, but it's a nice go-to during the winter months too when you're lacking that IPA kick. Great all around example of the style.

kevinv, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a hazy golden orange with a decent sized head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is non-descript citrus a little pine and an estery fruit aroma that I can't really identify. Seemed very sweet up front but then the hops really kicked in on the back end that allowed me to come back for more. Overall a pretty good IPA that I wouldn't hesitate to have again, but there are many others I would go to first.

BeerAmbassador, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of vitrael
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy gold-colored pour with a nice bone-white 1-finger head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S: An somewhat lacking hoppy nose--my bottle isn't old, but it doesn't smell like it's been recently dry hopped. Still a light fresh hop aroma that appetizes me.

T: Nice aggressive hop bitterness with strong piney and spicy aspect--Centennial hops. The grapefruit flavor of freshly dryhopped Centennial is missing (as expected from a beer like Hop Stoopid). A slightly sweet and bready malt flavor cowers behind the lingering hop bitterness. Familiar and similar beer--Three Floyd's PA, Alpha King, although that is a different style in which I am more ready to accept a lack of strong hop aroma and flavor.

M: Average carbonation and on the thin side that I would rate A in a sessionable PA but here it's a little lacking.

vitrael, Jun 01, 2011
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,115 ratings.