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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,442
Reviews: 3,124
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 632
Gots: 1,791 | 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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rwmiscik
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep orange color with a nice white head and has some decent lacing down the glass.

S: I get some nice floral hop aroma with a tid bit of grapefruit thrown in.

T: up front this beer is quite malty and then as you get into the middle you start to hit with the beautiful hop character of the beer and tastes like centennials. the end of the beer is nice and dry and leaves you wanting another sip.

M: The mouth feel is pretty good, nice medium body not too heavy not too light.

O: This is a great beer and one of my favorite IPAs. Its extremely quaff able and can be drank whether it is 100 degrees outside or 0 degrees outside.

rwmiscik, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of climax
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to review this hyped up IPA. It pours a shiny new penny copper with a solid foamy head. Clarity is excellent, lacing and head retention are equally as pleasing to the eye.

Sweet and tangy passion fruit and pineapple notes fumed from the beer as I popped the top. After the pour it seemed more balanced but never too heavy on the malt. A floral bouquet and the previously mentioned pineapple flavors comprise of the hop bill.

The taste is exceptionally smooth beginning to end. Nothing assaults the taste buds, but everything is in harmony. The flavors almost seem to jump out more in the finish; grassy floral tones, mango, and a dash of pithy grapefruit emerge after the beer has evacuated. The malt backbone has a substantial toasty presence with a surprising amount of yeast detectable, but it sits so politely in the background as not to disrupt the hop display.

Carbonation adds only a smidgen of crispness to the extremely slick feel. It's very smooth but maybe lacking just a bit of body IMO. Despite a minor dent in the mouthfeel dept, I must remember that this beer has been in my glass for 5 minutes and I only have one drink left. Needless to say it's a solid example, and it doesn't need another review to solidify it's reputation.

climax, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to tedwarhc. Bottled on 04/20/2011. Reviewed on 06/01/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden orange color with a fluffy, 1 and a half finger off-white head. Head doesn't reduce by much. Literally stays at about a finger for the duration. Nice, foamy lacing clings to the glass.

Nicely balanced nose. Some grapefruit and citrusy hops are here but neither is too strong. Maybe some slight piny hops but they are faint too. A caramel sweetness rounds it out nicely.

Taste follows extremely closely with the nose but is a bit stronger. Plenty of hops but not overdone. Great citrus and slight grapefruit notes mix nicely with some caramel malt sweetness. There is a lemon-like bite, but only at times, towards the moderately bitter finish.

Very crisp with a lighter body and higher carbonation. Leads to a lighter mouthfeel. Moderately bitter with an extremely dry finish.

Overall, a nice IPA. It's a nicely balanced with crisp, clean flavors. I'd love to get a fresher bottle to try.

ms11781, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Jenkster4
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale golden color. Its pretty clear and has a foamy off white head of about 2 fingers.
S: Floral hops, nice citrus notes, some earthiness to it as well. Mainly the citrus hops i.e. grapefruit, orange, and maybe slight lemon zest. Just a tad bit of the malts in the nose, but it's definitely hop forward, and I LIKE IT LIKE THAT!!
T: Deliciousness. So much sweet citrus notes right off the bad. It's like a orange and grapefruit meddling that just tastes so damn right. There is just a right amount of malts to even it. It's not overly bitter, which makes it very east to drink. Just damn good.
M: Nice carbonation. I'd say its a medium body. Leaves a sweet juicy aftertaste and then you get the dry finish.
Overall: A winner in my books. One of the best American IPA's I've tasted. Just extremely balanced and drinkable. I would keep this in the fridge all the time if I could.

Jenkster4, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Relatively light amber IPA with a thin white head. There is plenty of carbonation and relatively thin lacing.

Super floral, grapefruity hops! This is definitely my kind of IPA. There is a little sweetness, but mainly resiny hops.

Quite pungent hoppiness followed by a light floral sweetness. There isn't anything that specifically stands out about this IPA, but it's dangerously drinkable.

This is where this beer stands out, with its delicate and floral hops carried through a salivating and fruity bitter aftertaste. The carbonation is on point and the beer is sufficiently sweet to balance the beer's bitterness.

Delicious beer with pungent aromatic hops and sweet body. I'm definitely glad to finally try this beer, it's even better than hopslam in my opinion! Unfortunately, although this beer is quite tasty, it's still pretty generic in comparison.

ThePorterSorter, Nov 06, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to JM03 for this.
Bottled 8/26/2011

A- Lightly burnt orange pour with a finger width soapy white head. Lacing is soapy and somewhat sticky.

S- Slight floral with a juicy citrus bite and a sweet malt backing.

T- Sweet malts and bitter floral hops dominate this one. The hops are faded but still in your face.

M- Thin bodied with a nice chew to it. Juicy with a lingering bitter aftertaste

O- Solid ipa, this has always been a want and now I cant wait for an even fresher bottle!

korguy123, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of mattyb
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/19/11

A - Pours a golden amber with a fluffy white head.

S - Very citrusy, orange and grapefruit, with a background scent of pine and malts.

T - Citrus zing with each sip orange zest, then some sweet malts finish to dry hops.

M - Smooth, slightly drying with a nice hop oil coating.

O - Such an easy drinker, a delicious beer that is always in my fridge.

mattyb, Nov 05, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with about a finger worth of head that diminishes quickly. Lacing is minimal.

I got a very citric, grapefruit hop smell from this one, and the hoppiness is apparent in the taste as it has some bite to it. Late in drinking, once it has warmed up, its alcohol content becomes more apparent.

Almost surprisingly, the beer goes down easy because of the fairly light character it has.

This is a pretty standard beer of mine, fitting with a love of hops. It can be in your face and the taste lingers, so be prepared.

mjvos, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of claytri
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a cloudy golden with a bit of white lace. The aroma was a wonderful blend of floral hops and peach. The taste was of rich malt with a heady mix of peach and floral hops. The feel was medium and wet. Having read all the devotionals to this beer on here over the years I was eager to have one. Finding myself at a bar in Dublin OH that had this, I was ready to give it a try. The aroma and taste were really much more than I had expected. A beautiful use of hops to enhance and not merely bitter the beer. Quite an enjoyable beer.

claytri, Nov 04, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very pale gold with lots of fine bubbles and a lot of white fluffy head that leaves nice lacing.
S-Aromas of pine and citrus with some sweetness.
T-Very sweet, lots of citrus flavor with a bit of pine.
M-Fairly light, good carbonation, not at all a heavy beer.
Overall, a good IPA but very sweet. I love balance in an IPA but this is just a bit too sweet. It's a combination of the very fruity hops and the inherent sweetness of the beer. The aroma is incredible, I just wish it were a little less sweet.

adman08, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Blackstone.

App- A gold and amber body that is clear with some lazy bubbles. It has a half-finger of white cap.

Smell- This one has some citrus notes, mainly grapefruit and some orange or lemon. The pine is also a nice addition, maybe some biscuit malt in the nose too. It is subtle, but pretty complex.

Taste- This is definitely not the most hop forward IPA I have ever had. The hops are citrus in nature, grape and passion fruit. And again, that wonderful piney note is also very present into mid drink and the finish. What I think is well done is the well added malt character. They blend great with the hop finish.

MF- This one is really creamy and medium bodied. One of the best mouth feels you could possibly hope for in a good IPA.

Overall- In the end, this IPA sacrifices being aggressively hoppy to get the malt to smooth out the mouth feel and make this beer a really easy drinker. This is a fantastic IPA and one that should be readily available in any hop-head's fridge.

Pintofbrown, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is light copper with two healthy fingers of head. There is some retention of the head throughout and it leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite pleasant - fresh citrus and hops are very noticeable. The flavor is lemony with a hop presence, but the body is too subtle for an IPA. This beer is enjoyable because it is complex, but it lacks the body I like in an IPA. It is certainly worth a try, but its reputation is quite inflated if you ask me.

57md, Oct 31, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Any hop head will love this beer. Other than Hop Slam, this is my favorite Bell's beer.

I sampled a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The appearance of the beer is a beautiful deep, hazy gold with a white head. The beer has some of the most beautiful lacing.

The aroma is dominated by pine resin. There is subtle grapefruit. The malts are presant in the nose, but overpowered by the hops.

I cannot express my respect for the taste of this beer. A perfect example of an American IPA. Piney, malty, creamy and smooth. Some citrus, but not alot. This baby is perfect for a summer bbq or sitting in front of the tv watching football. Full bodied and just wonderful. As the beer warms in the glass the malts start to come through more and it just stays creamy... Delicious.

osusullins, Oct 30, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had on-tap and in bottles too many times to count. Pours a nice golden color that is slightly hazy. Good head, nice retention and beautiful lacing. Smells of sweet hops and citrus with a bit of earthy notes to it. Tastes of citrus, hops and grass/earthiness. For an IPA, it is exceptionally smooth.

Light bodied...refreshing. Nice carbonation. I really enjoy this particular IPA...and I usually am not an IPA person.

MsRif, Oct 29, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Mildly cloudy, golden to orange hue. Pale yellow head that leaves slight lacing.

S: Very fruity and floral aroma. As expected, big hop presence.

T: Hoppy flavor with some spice. Very nice bitterness. The hops are strong, but not overpowering.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body. Very drinkable combo.

O: Clean and easy to drink. One of my favorite IPAs.

Valmor88, Oct 26, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bells Two Hearted Ale

A: Pours a very nice looking golden honey with very little head. Mild carbonation on it. The beer is clear and not cloudy, you can see through it to some extent. Same color and appearance when held up to the light.

S: Malt and hops up front, with the hops being teh stronger of the two. Reminds me a bit of Dales Pale Ale that i've been drinking recently, but with a more subtle hop smell to it.

T: Well blended and smooth drinking beer. The hops are there, but are mild, and goes down easy. Has a good healthy bit of spice to it, but in a good way. This is the type of beer would be GREAT for a growler and drinking a lot of.

M: Medium body and mild carbonation

O: A good pickup for a growler. This would be a good pickup for a tailgate or drinking in large quantities as I did. Goes nice from a growler, but I suspect this beer is a tad more complicated than it tastes coming from a keg. Perhaps from a bottle you can pickup on some more tastes. I'm not disapointed with it one bit.

thadbme, Oct 22, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this beer before and found it at a convenient store, of all places. Poured a 12 oz. bottle into Chimay chalice.

A: Hazy amber/orange with a one finger white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Smell is citrus-y hops...smells very sweet.

T: Damn. That's really good. There's an interesting sweet/hop oil taste immediately, followed by the grapefruit/pineapple and a bit of pine needle taste on the way out. There's a nice malt base that supports the beer. This is really complex. I don't know what varieties of hops they used in this one, but they give the beer a unique, interesting taste.

M: Crisp, medium body with medium carbonation.

O: Yum. I like the taste of this one a lot. Everything else is meh, but the taste keeps it interesting.

TTAmod, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of mgeraci
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was pleasant. A nice first impression along with a nice after taste. I was not in the least bit disappointed. This lives up to my expectation of an IPA just fine to date. Definitely give Two Hearted Ale a taste. I think beers like this among many others are starting to convince me I'ma big fan of IPAs.

mgeraci, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of bwmichaud
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Has a nice orange color to it which is what I would expect. The hops are present in the bittering department but they seem to be lacking in the aroma. I'm tasting a little sweetness that doesn't really seem to belong there. Overall, I'd say it's a decent beer but not something that I would seek out. If it were offered to me or available for $1 a bottle, I'd drink it again.

bwmichaud, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Gtg642
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will start this review by saying I have have probably consumed more of this beer than any other craft beer.

A- Typical IPA look. Light in color but what sets it apart is the excellent lacing on the glass.

S- Once again typical IPA. Citrus mostly. Not as piney as some. Also not as fragrant as some.

T- A lot of citrus, which I prefer. Not a palate wrecking beer by any means, but definatly hoppy enough. Hardly any alcohol present.

M- Just right. Nice carbonation, perfect thickness.

O- Probably my favorite IPA. It is very easy to get caried away with this beer. I also prefer it on draft, which I have had multiple times.

Gtg642, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of hombrepalo
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottles. My go to IPA. cant go wrong with this one. Pours cloudy, but clarifies into a mostly translucent hard amber-- by which I mean the amber that entombs certain prehistoric insects. An ivory, two finger head is produced that leaves no sticky lacing.

Lightly carbonated.

The fruitiness and sweetness are incredibly prominent, and I really have a hard time believing this is an IPA-- but that IPA bitterness is very much there at the end, and provides an interesting and welcome contrast to the first flavors. The flavor system present in this beer is incredibly complex, and while it can easily be downed in a few gulps, it really must be savored to be truly appreciated.

hombrepalo, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Neorebel
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two-Hearted Ale is of a slightly hazy amber hue with a nice foamy head. The aroma suggests multiple hop varieties with citrus notes dominating. More so than many other IPAs I've tried, this one has a very clear and distinct grapefruit and pineapple dominance. The flavor was very big with Tart fruits and flower petal, along some malt present with the hop bitterness. I want to emphasize that the bitterness is really turned up on this one, especially in the finish. The mouth feel is 'sticky.' This is a somewhat complex ale... if the complexity was turned up one more notch with a hint of something else I may have given this beer a perfect score.

Neorebel, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of stabzmcgee
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pleasant citrus grapefruit aroma. Appearance is golden with a nice head. Taste is citrus grassy hops with a pleasant copper taste. Palate is nice and carbonated with a resinous taste to it. Overall I am sad I can’t get this in Colorado. I am still glad i got to taste it though!

stabzmcgee, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice orangish yellow with a decent off whit head. The smell is less than what I was expecting with an ok hop presence immediately followed by a strong malt presence. The beer tastes very much like it smells. The mouthfeel is light to medium light with good carbonation. Overall q balanced beer just not the ipa I was expecting.

rowingbrewer, Oct 17, 2011
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,442 ratings.