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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,179
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 616
Gots: 1,669 | 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 Jammies
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- golden orange with an inch and a quarter of foam. Decent retention and good lacing

S- sweet and leafy with a hint of citrus

T- hoppy with citrusy notes. Good balance

M- light and watery. Lots of hops that stick to the tongue.

O- Great beer, Good quality and available year round.

Jammies, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of gestyr
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice orange-gold into a pint glass. The head was whiate and long lasting.

S: Citrus, floral, malty, nice balanced smell

T: Very hoppy without a bite. Floral and citrus are there along with a malty background. Slight bit of caramel flavor comes through

M: Light bodied with carbonation present but no sting. Satisfying

O: Nice beer. This hit the spot on an evening when I wanted a balanced IPA. I will buy again. It would go great with a steak or burger.

gestyr, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taken from notes

Poured a hazy golden honey with 2 fingers of soapy white head. Decent lacing

Floral and citrus hops make up the nose with faint whiffs of tropical fruit

Taste follows the nose. Hop forward but overly sweet for my liking.

Medium body and carbonation. Dry hopped aftertaste but with a strangely powdery dryness

Overall this was a good, not great IPA. Definitely overhyped on this website without a doubt. I would buy this regularly if I had it available to me but would not go out of my way by any means.

dcloeren, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of rickyleepotts
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer time and time again. It’s a good “go to” beer, especially when you find a bar that doesn’t have a wide selection of beers. I drink this one a lot over at Golf 365. All the guys there really dig this stuff. It’s a good, standard IPA.

The beer smells like… like an IPA. Again, this beer doesn’t knock my socks off, but it does have a familiar and repeatable flavor. It smells like any other IPA you have had, and drinks like one too. It has a hint of carbonation on the front of the palate, spread itself thin on the tongue, and finishes smooth and wet. (I use that word a lot… wet.)

The aftertaste does stick around for a little while. One thing I did learn about this beer, here on 1001 Bottles, is the high ABV. I didn’t realize it was 7%. I always assumed it was a 5 or 6%. The beer is also readily available at pretty much any and every liquor store and grocery store you can find. So if you want to try it, it won’t be hard to find.

The label on the bottle has a fish on it… I am sure that has something to do with the city it is brewed in. Having only been to Michigan once, I can’t speak on behalf of the patrons… but it just seems like a place that would breed a lot of fishermen. That’s not a bad thing, but the fish on the bottle makes sense.

I like the beer… a lot. Of course, I like a lot of IPAs. I could and will drink this beer over and over again.

rickyleepotts, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review adapted from notes taken 2/2/11

Appearance: A really nice shade of amber/orange, starts off with a fluffy white head that fades to great lacing

Smell: Hoppy - not kicking-you-in-the-face level hoppy, but a great level of fresh citrus and resin with floral and herbal notes - some malts, lightly toasted biscuits

Taste: Simply perfect - when this beer is fresh, the hops are wonderfully complex - juicy orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - some hints of tropical fruits, mostly pineapple - pine as well - kind of spicy - masterfully balanced by some caramel malts - bitter, not not palette-destroying

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well-carbonated and refreshing

Overall: This beer almost makes me weep (see below)

When I first had a fresh bottle of Two Hearted, I became angry. Why? Because it's so damn perfect, that's why. For years I have been searching for a well-hopped, well-balanced, not over-the-top, solid IPA. This is it. This is a beer that I want in my fridge 365 days a year. My belief in this was further reinforced when I had the pleasure of acquiring a super-fresh six pack. It makes me genuinely heartbroken that I live outside of the distribution area. Someday... I will find a way to get this with minimal effort.

angrybabboon, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of nathanrford
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer. At my local haunt they have an overwhelming number of beers on the menu. Any time the wait staff comes to the table and I'm unprepared to order I simply order this lovely Ale. The fruity, hoppy notes stand out and appear strong, but never overpowering.

nathanrford, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of mocktm
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had a serious amount of this one brew in my day. I guess the time has finally come for a formal review. 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Dark golden orange hue with a finger or so worth of chalk white, sticky head. Decent retention with moderate lace.

Copious amounts of earthy floral hops on the nose, accompanied by very prevalent grapefruit and lemon aromas. But seriously, this thing has some hops. This is not the lightweight's IPA.

As expected, serious pine up front with a lasting dry bitterness. Malt sweetness is there for balance, but again, this is the hops' show. Orange, lemon and grapefruit citrus round out the beer perfectly, masking the alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Easy drinking IPA with a sweet dry finish. Love it.

A near flawless IPA that places the hops in the center without aggressive and harsh overkill. One of my go-to beers which I still argue is better, not to mention cheaper, than their HopSlam.

mocktm, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of deezbrewz
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bell's Two Hearted remains one of my favorite IPA's. It's a fruity, citrusy, hoppy delight.

Some may consider it to be unbalanced, but I like its citrus character. I find it refreshing in the summer. Don't let them serve it to you too cold either. Like any IPA, the true character comes out when its served a bit warmer (around 35-40 degrees).

Seeing as IPA's are based so much on preference, I wouldn't over look this one based on bad reviews. I honestly think it's a contender with such great IPA's as Racer 5 IPA, Founders Centennial IPA and Huma.


deezbrewz, Jun 27, 2011
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
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 11,179 ratings.