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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,751 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,751
Reviews: 3,075
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 594
Gots: 1,464 | 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 Kendo
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is golden honey-amber with a half-finger fluffy ivory head that sits well. Nice splotches of lace left behind.

S: Wow. This is what I want an IPA to smell like. Fresh C-hops are there in force. Grapefruity, lemony and juicy hops. Very, very pleasant nose.

T: Foundation of lighter malt is then subsumed by hops. Think juicy, sugar-coated grapefruit and a touch of resiny pine, though with the grapefruit the more dominant flavor. Finishes with a slightly grassy lemony taste to it as well.

M: Lighter than medium in heft, with carbonation perhaps a bit more active than I'd like. But all in all it's real smooth in the mouth, so maybe that carbonation isn't too much after all (<bumps score to 4.5>).

D: If this isn't a 5 then I want to meet the beer that is. Immensely drinkable. I had one with dinner (some sort of Moroccan-type chicken dish with cilantro) and had been planning to save the last of the sixer for some other special occasion but couldn't resist. Inasmuch as I cannot get this beer in NY, I am uncertain when I will get to sample this one again. For that I am sad.

Notes: My wife was drinking a Stone IPA while I was drinking this, so I did the Pepsi challenge. We both liked the Two Hearted better. It's lighter and a bit finer, but went down more easily. If I had access to this in NY, I would buy it by the case.

Kendo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 25, 2009

5L mini keg. Pours lightly hazy orange with a big fluffy white head that leaves clumps of sticky lacing.

The best aroma I've encountered in an IPA. Unbelievable tropical fruit and citrus aroma. Tons of pineapple, papaya, mango, orange, tangerine, grapefruit. An absolute treat to inhale.

Citrus and floral hops dominate the flavor, however they aren't as comlex or strong as in the nose. Some malt sweetness for balance, some caramel some bread. Solid bitterness, but not a tongue-scraper. Quite smooth. Finishes rather dry.

Medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, relatively light-bodied.

Wonderful smelling, incredibly drinkable, delicious IPA. One of my favorites.

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of garbercury
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a guy who generally is not a big fan of hoppy beers, this is the one IPA that really does it for me. Just a tremendous accomplishment by Bell's. Plenty of flavor and finds a way to not overtake the flavor with hops overkill. Citrus in the notes and a Bubble-gum like flavor at the end, just an outstanding brew. The pinnicle of IPAs in my humble opinion.

garbercury, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of ericj551
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bells Two Hearted pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thin but lingering head. The aroma is sweet and citrusy. Tons of orange and tangerine with no hint of bitterness. The bitterness is apparent in the flavor, it hits upfront with some nice light malty sweetness. Grapefruit and herbal hop flavor come through in the finish, with lingering an earthy resin bitterness. It's nice and smooth, I would never guess it was 7%. This beer is a steal at under $8 for 6.

ericj551, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy off-white head into a snifter. the head was very thick and lasted throughout the beer. it also billowed very nicely. the body was a bright, bubbly orange.
s - tons of hops! citrus and floral dominate the aroma.
t - sweet like honey as it hits the front of the tongue but finishes with an orange citrus flavor.
m - so creamy and smooth. almost perfect.
d - great beer and a standard-bearer when it comes to AIPAs.

GPHarris, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Jprebs
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to go on the record up front that this is my favorite American IPA - hands down.

It pours a lovely amber with nice lacing. The smell is almost my favorite part - it screams of a solid IPA but yet it's completely unique. So floral it's surprising, and it makes you want to taste it even more.

The taste is, in my opinion, what beats you into submission. It's obviously a top-notch IPA, but yet it's different in so many ways. Maybe a little sweeter than the classic hop bomb, but absolutely crisp with the kind of aftertaste that keeps my attention.

The mouthfeel is smooth; the alcohol is well hidden for a higher gravity IPA.

Drinkability? Give me a case and lock me in a closet for a week. I'll emerge a better man.

Jprebs, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at Monks Belgian Cafe in Philly.

Rich golden color with a nice white head that stays for a bit and laces nicely. Smells of sweet hops, a bit bitter with some bite. First drink was a lot of flavor, crisp and bold. There was some bitterness at first but it smooths out into citrus flavor. The hop flavor balances out with the citrus finish and the bitterness smooths out and add a nice crispness to the drink. Easy on the mouth and easy going down..

nrpellegrini, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of sophisticated
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm...I'm a native Michigander, so was excited to pick up a couple of these on a trip back home.

A) Nice hazy orange-straw colored with a finger of tight mounds of white foam that left nice lacing behind.

S) Good smell, very inviting. Hoppy goodness. Citrus, floral, pine.

T) Mmmm, more hoppy goodness. Pineapple and citrus-hops dominate. Also more pine-y hops and bitterness, with some malt sweetness as an undertone.

MF) Medium and crisp.

D) VERY good. I love IPAs, and this one was no exception.

sophisticated, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of RppIII
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a Pint Glass

Pours an amber with hints of mahogany, the head is a phenomenal three fingers and amber white. The lacing of this beer almost outdoes the massive fluffy head and the retention never leaves the top of the beer uncovered. Once settled into the glass the beer takes on a beautiful haze letting you know that this beer is packed with flavour!

Hop citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit and some more grapefruit waft from my glass. I love the smell of the Centennial hops absolutely fantastic.

The smell is a perfect preview to the deliciousness that awaits in each mouthful of hop infused goodness. A sweet, citrusy, hop flavour of grapefruit balances well against the bittering hop characteristics of this beer. Seems to sweeten as it warms, a very bold candied sugar flavour is present for the majority of the taste, a slight bitterness presents itself almost as an afterthought and soon fades back to a light candy and citrus flavour.

Carbonation and viscosity make this beer pleasing to the palate.

A very drinkable and well-crafted beer, it has everything if not more than I would expect from an American IPA. Extremely flavourful and well balanced this beer plays on itself first by captivating you with it's deep amber and frothing white head. It takes hold with it's magnificent aroma of grapefruit, citrusy hops, and a hint of sweet fruit. The flavour drags you in with a ridiculously large grapefruit and citrus flavour congruous to the bittering subtleties of the hops. The feel of this beer in your mouth and it's sheer need to be consumed get you hooked. I set this beer as the standard to which all others in this style strive to reach.

RppIII, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C. (12/11/09) into a 16oz. nonic pint at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a creamy darker shade of amber with a fluffy two finger head that leaves nice lacing. Excellent retention on this beer as the head will not disappear.

S: Wonderful grapefruit and citrus aroma. Floral tones also help to add some complexity to this amazing American IPA.

T: Grapefruit and flowers hit the palate with a nice degree of bitterness along with a bread-like character. The finish is rather dry and slightly bitter.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a refreshing carbonation and a slight lingering bitterness.

D: Great drinkabilty as the 7.1% abv. is nowhere to be found. This beer can be rather sessionable, but it may catch up to you as this beer can be consumed rather quickly.

Overall this American IPA lives up to its hype and Bell's has created one of my go to IPAs. If you can find this on-tap, try it. Highly Recommended.

Lunch, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of rawhydes1
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My gold standard for "grapefruity" IPAs is Stone IPA.

Having said that, Bell's Two Hearted gives Stone a pretty good run for it's money.

I have experienced a bad batch of this brew, which was cloudy, and "off" in flavor.

However, I am glad that I have given Bells a second chance. Multiple good experiences since.

Not quite translucent, which is not a negative, IMHO. Nice white head.

Smells and tastes strongly of grapefruit/citrus.

Crisp mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Very drinkable.

All-in-all, I like this beer very much, and would not hesitate to purchase it... in the absence of Stone IPA.

rawhydes1, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of rosmhuire
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Light amber coloring, significant white head that doesn't disappear at all.

S: Wow - all grapefruits! I'm now slightly nervous, as I typically don't like the Big Boy IPA's,

T: Much less intense than I expected, and that's a good thing! Obviously, the hop bitterness is there, but the beer itself is extremely balanced. If I could get this easily in NYC (whch I can't on the Upper East Side), this would be my go-to IPA.

M: Medium

D: As this is not over-the-top, I find this IPA highly sessionable.

IPA's are not my favorite style of beer, but I can say without hesitation that this is my favorite IPA I've tried thus far.

rosmhuire, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for bringing this one back from Pittsburgh.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a large white head, which stays around throughout the drinking process. The aroma is lots of citrus with both orange and apricot notes. You also get some floral and pine aromas. The flavor is relatively bitter with a strong orange/citrus aftertaste. Very tasty. Thin-medium mouthfeel and lots of carbonation. A great IPA that lives up to the hype.

Mora2000, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden and slightly orangish hue; beautiful thick head with great lacing

S: Wonderful hop characteristics: grapefruit and other citrus aromas

T: Hops dominate; wonderfully fresh and bitter grapefruit flavors are the most prevalent

F: Slightly thin but mostly a good mouth feel

D: Very drinkable and delicious IPA; one of my favorites

dbossman, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured at home into a snifter on a relaxed afternoon dated 1/1/10. Relatively huge bubbling in the head... sudsy. One of the telltale signs of a good IPA, IMO. Just enough haze to shroud the light of the room from shining clearly through. The nucleation from the bottom of the glass is also barely visible through this cloud. Sweet honey colored beer. Lots of sticky icky lacing deposits on the glass. THE! look of an IPA...

The smell starts with a cooling medicinal, herbal kick. Slightly soapy and flowery. Grandma's washroom after a nice lavender soap session kinda thing. I like that kind of homey hoppiness. A tinge of citric punch as well, but it is awash in soothing sweet malts... it warms into a toasted malt and earthy hop combo yielding a sharp finish on the nose. Largely appealing, if not astounding. Sharp as well on the tongue with plenty of carbonation biting on the front. Burnt toast, bitter pine hop Dominate the middle of the body. Caramel with the tart bite - like a candy apple. A buttery, soapy finish. A last slap to the mouth is the highlight of this beer - plenty of floral hop that still makes you pucker... coats and lingers. I feel like I've fallen out of love with this beer just a bit. Plenty of great aspects, but it somehow isn't coming together quite as impressively as I remember. OK, I really love the carbonation on this beer... accentuates the hop bite, keeps the show moving, and doesn't allow the membranal finish to become cloying.
Still one of the standard bearers of an IPA, IMO...

Philabeerphia, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden amber, nice, fluffy, foamy, white head, some lace, head stays like a dollop of sour cream all the way until the glass is empty

S: Nice hops aroma, citrusy and grapefruit, but also orange, some floral hints too, nice hop profile

T: Milder than I expected bitterness wise, hops and malt are both equally present and in perfect balance, delicate malt sweetness, hops are very flavorful without overwhelming the palate

M: Pleasant medium, very mild dryness, smooth

D: Very high, perfectly balanced

Notes: This is one of my all time favorite IPAs. Everything is in perfect balance, but doesn't sacrifice anything. The hops don't overwhelm you, but all the flavor is still there.

dpodratsky3, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, coppery gold in color, pours with a small white head that receded quickly. Lots of lacing on this one, very sticky stuff

S - Some floral fruits in the nose, even a hint of grapefruit.

T - Lots of bittering hops in this one, just how I like it! Despite the darkish color, malty sweetness is kept to a minimum. Nice dry finish.

M - A little creamy, but nothing too extraordinary.

D - This is a great beer, very sessionable. Its a shame its not available in NYC.

NYCWheatFanSC, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Boppar
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had had this one before, and cannot believe that I didn't review it yet. Luckily, Tria in Philly (in all its glory) gave me the opportunity to have some for a review.

Served in a pint glass.

A: Golden honey-hued body, 1.5 fingers of creamy white head.

S: Hops, malt. Somewhat subdued for this style, but not complaints.

T: Opens with citrus, rich vanilla, malty sweetness, with a moderate piney hop assertion mid-palate, and moderately sustained bitter pine finish.

M: Rich, creamy, smooth, medium-bodied.

D: Drinkability is exceptional, even for this style.

Boppar, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap from a shaker pint glass at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Virginia.

Appearance: Pours a translucent brownish-gold color. Has a one-finger head that dissipates slowly leaving a nice ring of lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: Smells very strongly of grassy hops (Cascades?). Not much else comes through but the hops give this beer a nice aroma.

Taste: Very hoppy. The hops give this beer a grassy taste balanced well by the malts. It leaves a bitter, grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing. Exactly what one would expect from an IPA.

Drinkability: A superior IPA and a great beer. Despite its heavy hoppiness, this beer is extremely drinkable and quite tasty. I highly recommend it.

wahhmaster, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of ipa88
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was the second craft beer i had ever tried, again i was the type of person that enjoyed bud light before i found the world of craft beer. I have yet to find it on tap so i enjoyed it from a bottle.
APPEARANCE- a golden delicious nectar

SMELL- just like moms cooking

TASTE- remember the first time you tried ice cream

MOUTHFEEL- not to heavy, not to light, just right

DRINKABILITY- i dont remember!!!

ipa88, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Tomdee74
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a smuttynose big beer series tulip glass. A very nice look just a light brown/golden color.

Smell - I can smell the hops and floral fragrance.

Taste - Love the citrusy well balanced flavor. Not too hoppy and very smooth.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and almost sweet. Easy to swoosh around in the mouth!

Drinkability - Very drinkable! Can't believe it's over 7%. Upset can only get this thru trade as not available in CT. I would make this a regular session brew! Until then I just keep drinking Smuttynose IPA Finestkind!

----edit on 7/22/10

i've had this a couple of times and think this is a rather tasty ipa.. was going to hershey so was able to grab a case of this pretty fresh for me and smutty33.. picked it up at brass rail... also picked up a 4 pk of KBS from the guy Cisco there... and grabbed a draft of victory at sea from ballast point!! so basically all i'm saying is if you are going to hershey.... you gotta go see cisco at brass rail beverage... now let me review!!

A - poured into a smutty big beer series tulip glass with 2 fingers of head.. i swish around the glass to see the great lacing it leaves behind..

S - yeah it's still fresh but it smells like it needs to go quick!!! love the piney, floral smell coming from this single ipa... smell the sweet citrus as well...

T - very nice!! so not like the typical over the top IPA.. i'm a hop head but i enjoy having this as it's a bit more balanced... not the punch in the face hops that some beers give you.. i do like that as well but this isn't like that.. it's kind of sweet but still hoppy enough and seems to strike a perfect balance...

M - again this is kinda sweet but not too sweet.. the carbonation is just right.. i really think they hit this one out of the park for a single ipa..

D - love the low abv's and how this hoppiness isn't too much to the point where it destroys your palate.. i could easily put down a few of these.. but i'm in CT and these are kinda special we can't get them at our local stores... if we could this would be a regular for me.. i'm a huge smutty ipa guy and this wouldn't totally change that, but i'd look forward to this pretty often!!

Tomdee74, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of CaptMurdock
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap into a Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Poured slightly lighter than most IPA's that I've tried leaning more toward amber than orange. The head was beautifully thick and stuck around for the whole pint.

Smell: The aroma was a bit muted to me. I could certainly pull out the citrus and hops but it was not as prevalent as I would have liked.

Taste: All of the usual suspects were there. I got the huge hop explosion up front followed by some citrus and sweetness but it kind of fizzled away. It was really similar to the smell. Everything was present but it was just slightly muted. This isn't to say that there was anything wrong with the taste because it was thoroughly enjoyable. I just wanted more of it. I would also like to say that the aftertaste was superb and very inviting.

Feel: The feel was everything I want from an IPA. Medium body with bitter hops and alcohol warming the tongue allowing everything to flow easily. Very well done.

Drinkability: I could drink several of these back-to-back with no palate fatigue. If this were slightly more affordable and readily available in case form in my area I could easily make this a session brew.

I think I may have been looking forward to this one too much. I was expecting just a little more flavor but I was in no way disappointed.

CaptMurdock, Dec 24, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of this one.
Poured it in a Stone Levitation imperial snifter. I also had it in on Cask once too.

The appearance red-orange, with about a two inch head poured calmly.

The smell was floral and I could smell the bitterness

The taste is smooth and bitter at the end of each sip on the tip of the tongue. delicious in gulps.

The mouthfeel isn't too astringent, great IPA

I could drink four of them easily, while being entertained of course.

Its a good session IPA

betterbgood, Dec 24, 2009
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3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. An egg white head forms and rises to over two fingers, and has great retention. There are rings of sticky lace.
S: Grassy, floral, citrus, and grapefruit aromas. The aroma is also of perfume. Soapy and oily.
T: Again, a huge hop flavor that follows the nose. Citrus and floral. Substantial bitter grapefruit. Soapy and oily again. A light sugary malty flavor lingers.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and dry. However this is really oily and soapy Fusel alcohol shows. The high ABV and the bitterness makes this a one and done.

Not bad at all. A pretty standard American IPA with a bit more alcohol. If you are a hop head this will be a treat.

champ103, Dec 23, 2009
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4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden ale with a slight haze from the bottle conditioning, this ale will if poured careful to a brilliant orange and gold. I like the yeast, so I give it a swirl to get all the goodies sometimes. A thin white cap of head has settled quickly from the thick two fingers that once was. a medium amount of co2 bubbles arise from the laser etched glass bottom bringing a depth to the color.

S: A strong blast of sweet citric hops fill the nose and linger enough you can almost taste them. A slight amount of floral hop aroma comes through faintly... almost undetected. The smell of oranges, grapefruits and some girlie candle my wife would burn come to mind.

T: Anyone who ever wants to know what an American IPA should taste like should be pointed at this brew directly. Sweet and sour citrus balanced by subtle grain and a faint nip of alcohol at the finish. Ale has never tasted so good. Two Hearted is brewed with only one hop variety... Centennial. The amounts and the times of the hop additions must have been handed down from God herself. Dont think this IPA is a one trick pony, trust me the grain bill has its strong points too. A complex taste of caramel and slightly roasted barley peek in and fill the mouth. The barely detectable appearance of heat comes through at the finish, but before you know it your not sure if it was even there.

M: Not too thick.... not too thin... not too carbonated... not under carbonated. I have to hand it to Bell's this beer must be quaffed. Full mouthfuls are the only way to get all this complexity in one swallow. This beer does not coat your mouth with sticky grain. This beer is not too thin and dry like most west coast IPAs.

D: The 7% + ABV saddens me because it feels like heaven in my mouth. I would love to drink this all night... and I have tried, but to enjoy it down one and casually drink the rest. In PA its a $40 case so I can't have it all the time. When I can buy it I do Two Hearted has made it harder for me to try new brews I just cant get enough.

llllDrGONZOllll, Dec 23, 2009
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 10,751 ratings.