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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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9,997 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,997
Reviews: 3,028
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,087 | 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 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
Photo of Osiris9588


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
Photo of kingothewoods


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at a local pub in South Haven, MI. The color was amber with lighter orange tones. Nice head that stayed with the beer as you drank it down.

Smells of a little nuttiness and a hint of citrus. You get some hops smell but not overpowering for this IPA.

Tastes great - you get the nut flavor and the hop finish. The hops don't bite at you but are quite smooth which is a little different for an IPA. I like the Bell's beers because they are deep with complexity. Great smells and many, many tastes. The brewmasters definitely know how to make good beer.

Drinkability is quite high - hence I had another.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2008 02:23:42 | More by kingothewoods
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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange color, with a nice head filling to the top of the glass, and retaining well throughout.
Aroma is of pine and very floral hops. Perhaps a touch of lemon too.
The flavor is a mouth full of flowery goodness, grapefruit, and bitter hops. The sharp hop bitterness lingers at the back of the mouth, but is just pleasant enough, though perhaps not so for non-hop heads.
Really nice beer, I could just sit and sniff it for hours.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 22:36:59 | More by weasbri
Photo of treehugger02010


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

I have this bottle at Gullifty's in Rosemont, PA.
Appearance: A golden amber colored body with a bit fluffy light tan head on top. Nice random lacing and good retention.
Smell: A light American hop aroma.
Taste: Citrusy, sweet malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Just when I thought I was past the hop fad, I had this beer, and it pulled me right back in.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 16:09:24 | More by treehugger02010
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Pours a very hazy orange color. Very, extremely thick, frothy head that remained throughout. Lacing was very prominent. Aroma was mostly from the hops with many citrus/floral characteristics. Medium bodied with the taste that you would expect from this style. Hoppy and crisp with a bitter finish. This beer is very drinkable with the ABV hardly noticed. Overall a great product from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 02:08:54 | More by abrand
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two Hearted Ale is brewed in the American IPA style and comes in with an ABV of 7.0%. Brewed in Michigan, the beer is quite difficult to find in the Boston area, but if you can find yourself a six pack of the Two Hearted Ale do not let this one pass you by.

The beer pours a very robust amber color with hues of orange mixed in. When poured into a standard pint glass, a remarkable almost creamy off white foam was produced that left a light wispy lacing along the pint glass throughout the offering. There is a very light level of carbonation to Two Hearted Ale which lends to the smooth consistency of the pour.

The aroma upon being poured is immediately noticed. There is a rich floral scent that is appreciated along with a hunt of grapefruit and pine. One can tell that there is going to be a pleasant hop nature to this beer just upon the pouring of it.

As with any good beer, one can only hope that it is the taste that will truly shine with the beer. And you can rest assured that the taste of the Two Hearted Ale is a true bright shining beacon in the beer world. A complex taste hides the fact that this is an IPA at first because there is an initial smooth taste to the beer that again is noted with the grapefruit undertones. However, give the beer a second to work and the next taste is a very deep and rich hop taste that is what scores this beer so well. The hop nature of the beer brings out a nice bitterness to it but there is still that simple and smooth backing to the beer that is highlighted as well.

The drinkability of this beer is quite high and certainly could be used as a nice session beer even though it comes in with an ABV of 7.0%. There is not an offensive or overly alcohol strong nature to the taste of the beer and the smoothness that holds together the offering adds to the drinkability of the beer. With the pleasant taste and pairing of the sweetness aspects to the hoppy aspects, the beer could be deceiving, though, as it does pack a nice little punch.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 12:34:39 | More by Bounty628
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Thick head that lasts throughout the drink and starts getting lumpy and thick. Amber color with a little haziness to it. Decent lacing after a little time passes
S= Floral!!! Very Very flowery with a little grapefruit in it. The small dissipates very quickly though so smell it right after pouring
T= Great, flowery, a lotta grapefruit taste and bitterness. Starts smooth and goes down a little harsh like a darker beer. unexpectedly delightful taste to it
M=Good medium bodied. A little harsh going down which I like
D= Good for having a couple after a long day. Nice with a light meal.

Great beer. One of my favorite, if you like hoppy beer try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 20:50:15 | More by jjanega08
Photo of Donnie2112


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

good solid head nice pale amber in appearance. a little bit of sticky head on it

lots and lots of piney aroma. a bit of grapefruit but mostly a serious piney aroma.

the hops are peppery! It's just a nice American style IPA. Good solid hop flavor with a nice slightly sweet, dry malt that doesn't interfere with it's main task which is delivering the amazing piney peppery hoppiness to the back of my tongue.

medium light body, lots of carbonation with some nice astringence as well and just a bit of warmth

this is an interesting yet not the most challenging of beers. I like this one because it is solid in every way and doesn't fail to "keep it simple stupid"

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 03:47:19 | More by Donnie2112
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold body with micro particles dancing around busily, giving it a haze. Very well carbonated, as I got to preview the taste from the head running over. Soon recedes to a thin white head with some life to it.

Biscuity grapefruit smell. Very intertwined marriage of the two, where there is a sweet grainy hoppiness that keeps the scent from getting rindy (yes, I'm aware some of these words are not in Websters). Fresh smelling with some delicate apricot.

Same grapefruit, same sweet grain per the smell. Just a little different than many IPAs in that the balance is supreme. Another fine example of a highly-hopped beer that never gets extremely bitter just for the sake of it (not that there is anything wrong with that). Halfway down, the alcohol joins the taste party and fits right in.

This one is deceptive. For starters, it is lighter in color, has a soft mouthfeel, and is carried by a less than than medium body. Then there is the fresh sweetness like somebody added an oz of Centennial to grandma's freshly baked white bread. Oh, and it is twice as strong as your garden-variety light macros. More than one friend of mine has fallen prey to the Two Hearted. Watch out for it on tap because it could become the Two Livered.

The kind of beer that could get warm and flat and you will still happily drink it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 02:22:13 | More by chiefydawg
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy orange, like really orange with a full head that sticks around throughout the beer and laces the glass nicely

smell is slightly strong citrus at first, thought this was going to be an orange tasting beer, but calms after a few seconds but still smelling of oranges

taste is fantastic! possibly a perfect mix of orange/citrus and floral tastes... not too strong on either... not as bitter as some IPAs but just tastes really balanced

feels a little sharp in the mouth, medium-heavy carbonation

this beer is a treat to drink, i had this by itself, but it would go great with a spicy seafood meal

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 03:04:09 | More by wesl56
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark orange with an inch and a half of white fluffy head. Laced the length of the pint glass, almost like foam, as the beer was consumed.

S- Combination of citrus and floral hops with a hint of malt.

T- Well balanced beer. Citrus hops hits the palate, but then subsides and allows the malt to introduce itself briefly. Consumption is ended with a nice taste of bitterness.

M- Perfect feel, not too light and not too thick. Carbonation added a nice freshness to the beer but did not give it a soda feel as some tend to have.

D- Highly drinkable. A very well balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 02:08:02 | More by rhinos00
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding. I traded for two 6'er's of this (from pwoods, thank you sir) and have held off reviewing it because I didn't want to jump headlong into reviewing this beer. The truth remains though, this beer has a perfect hop/malt balance.

Maybe my palate is shellshocked from all the hoppy brews available out here, but I don't taste overpowering hops here as others have. There are hops, to be sure, but what this beer embodies more than any I've tried before is that elusive balance between bright hoppiness and sweet biscuity maltiness.

This is great as a barbecuing beer, completely sessionable.

What an outstanding beer this is, I wish this was readily available on the west coast.

So incredily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 23:23:00 | More by torchednoodle
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a DFH snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy golden pale color. Head is a 1/2" thick and off white in color...good lacing.

S- This one smells good! For an East coast IPA it's more citrus rather than the pine I expected. My mouth is watering.

T- Just like the smell more citrus rather than pine. Malts?? Very little and I'm OK with that. Little to no evidence of the 7%.

M- Very good...dry / crisp just what you expect out of an IPA. Could use a little more carbonation.

D- Mmm...drinkable to the point it could get you in trouble. This is one of my favorite IPA's not from the West coast.
A big Thanks to my uncle Mark for this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 07:10:10 | More by travisd13
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4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the different beers that I have had in 40+ years of life, this is one that definitely and constantly comes in close to the top.

My buddy Karl brought me to Bell's Brewery over 15 years ago when it was just a hole in the wall. I remember the white, small building in Kalamazoo MI. Great sandwiches, awesome beer. Now look at where they have come.

Thanks guys for an incredible beer.

Amazing taste and smell. This is a beer that in my book beats all IPAs...hands down. I love bitter and this is what this beer has. WOW.

Also, the incredible different citrus notes that come through are fantastic.

I love this beer as cold as it can get! Talk about FRESH!!

The color is an amazing brown color. The smell is like no other and the taste...OH MY WORD!!!!

Treat yourself to a one of a kind. AMAZING!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 05:17:14 | More by schellsbeer
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Hearted Ale pours a slightly hazy, light amber color with a large off-white head. The nose is great, with lots of grassy hop aromas and some sweet caramel lurking underneath.

Lots of bitterness going on in the flavor. Hop spiciness is there as well. The bitterness really sticks around. The mouthfeel is nice and full, with carbonation a bit higher than medium.

This is a really good beer, though maybe not quite as good as some of the hype led me to believe.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 01:45:45 | More by Spidey13
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is pale for an american. has a straw like yellow with a murky amber in the light. very lighty dusted in cloudiness. medium head, but i seen this come out a tap into a pitcher and the head is very califlower like. looser than the la choufe triple IPA though. either way. extremely lacy blend. cotton candle form and color. smell is out of this world as first. fruity, hoppy, and everything in between. some orange, lemon, grapefruit, and mango tones. all very subtle. all very balanced. fruity hop characters... lemon zest, young orange peel bitter quality. crisp dry hopped character. malt gives it density. volume is good. went up to michigan for a wedding in october and drank this the whole time. sums of the mood for sure. a most have IPA... for british and american hop lovers alike.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 19:08:39 | More by rtepiak
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North Carolina

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

The one, and only 5 I have ever given out is for the smell of this beer!

It is golden and pale, and rich in color, the head meets the top of the pint, and does not rush away

the smell is perhaps the best smell on a beer I have ever had! The hops meet the smell of freshness and make your lips stretch into a smile before you have even tasted the beer!

The taste is most pleasant and fills your mouth. It is refreshing and flavorful. It is one of the best IPAs on the market.

The mouthfeel is good. It is consistent through out the beer, and even the last swallow is enjoyable

The drink ability of this beer is outstanding! It can be enjoyed with food or by its self; even after mowing the yard this beer is great!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 17:04:07 | More by ncbeermonger
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very foamy head with some lacings on top of a clear, dark gold body. A citric and floral burst in the hops along with a decent malt presence. Taste is more of the same, as even though they are a good amount of hops for a dry, citric taste, there is also some smooth and creaminess in the body thanks to a little bit of sweet malt taste. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 17:11:56 | More by clayrock81
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Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is up there with Green Flash West Coast IPA and Blind Pig as some of the best IPA's out there. I generally like my IPAs a little on the higher side in terms of ABV- this one clocks in at 7% (as does GF's). I would have this in my fridge all the time if it was available in NJ/CT, its everything you want in a go-to beer. Enough drinkability (outstanding for the style!), Great hop aroma and floral nose with a great mouthfeel and flavor that keeps you going for another sip. Cant get enough hops lately, and this one definitely will satisfy your thirst for the citrusy, pine-y taste you're searching for.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 00:54:47 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bell's Two Hearted on draft at the Works in Loveland, OH.

I have had this beer in bottles before but it really shines on draft.

This is my kind of beer. Hoppy, bright, medium bodied, delicious. Wow, perfect color, flavor, aroma and carbonation. I love this beer...

Excellent, one of the most drinkable tasty India Pale Ales I know of. Excellent!

A true classic. The mountain top for IPA's as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 13:44:44 | More by Brew33
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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