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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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12,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,088
Reviews: 3,245
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 719
Gots: 2,346 | FT: 43
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001

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.
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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.

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!!!!

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Lerxst
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of prg1976
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of HokieWolf
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of SiggyFay
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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.

Photo of sweetwaterman
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of kevinv
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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.

Photo of vitrael
3.16/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold/amber With white head and very nice lacing.

The smell is just a little dull with some citrus and a little bready.

The taste is bitter on the front with a little citrus making its appearance in the middle followed up by a great bready taste coming in on the back.

It's more west coast style but with that extra, almost dry, malt kick on the back a lot of ipa's are missing.

Photo of stxSS07
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a Killian's Pint

A- Pours a rich amber color with a little over a finger's worth of head. Carbonation streams off the bottom. Leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

S- Notes of citrus, grapefruit, sweet orange juice, and a touch of malt.

T- Nice balance of bitter piney resins with sweet citrus. Solid malt backbone and finishes with a bite.

M- A little thinner than I'd like. The carbonation plays a huge role in drying the beer out.

O- This is a very solid IPA, though it's more on the refreshing side rather than savory.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Pours a dark orange amber color with a two finger frothy, slightly fluffy head that leaves some sticky, patching lacing, and high streaming carbonation

S- A strong bouquet citrus, pine, and floral hop aroma

T- Balance of piney and citrus hops, caramel malt backbone, pretty strong woodiness, hits you with hops on the front and finishes with a strong piney hop finish, leaves a bitter aftertaste

M- Pretty smooth drinking, finishes a little watery

O- A good IPA that packs a lot of bitterness and is very aromatic.

Photo of bdo894
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked a yellower gold. Sort of thin looking.
Smelled hoppy, with some caramel, lemon and honey notes.
Tastes sort of lemony too, with some floral, and honey notes. Also has grassy twang.
Mouthfeel very light, immensely drinkable, easiest IPA I've drank so far.
Overall a tasty beer. Not nearly as hoppy as some imperial IPA's, but enough to be good.

Photo of Alpar
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark gold color and perfect carbonation for an IPA, but this beer has become more and more filtered over the years...

S: Excellent, super piny with some grapefruit that really stimulates the olfactory! The ABV is masked pretty well; no astringent or alcohol odor.

T: Superb. Very crisp and very hoppy but no where near overwhelming. The pine and grapefruit are also visible in the taste. This would be a great "session" or "lawn mower" beer if the ABV wasn't so high.

M: Yet again, great! Thin bodied but not watery. Its everything an IPA should be, IMO.

O: Love it and am happy to have regular/year round access to such a fantastic beer. Bells does beer right.

Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hard pour produced some great head on top of an apple juice colored liquid. Head just clings to the side of the glass. Carbonation is very present visually. Looks like a nice inviting IPA.

S: Piney hops, grassy, a slight almost earthy dirt note, a bit of grapefruit and other citrus, orange marmalade malt. There's a nice fruitiness from the yeast as well that ties everything together.

T: So much hop pine is the first thing I noticed. I get a slight biscuit malt flavor that balances out the hops during each sip, but this one is really just a pine bomb. Letting it linger in my mouth brings forward a strange very bitter almost spoiled Triple Sec flavor. Fortunately this isn't present during a regular sip.

M: Carbonation is on the high side, but it keeps the beer crisp and prevents the hops from being too overpowering. Medium body, feels just like an IPA should. 7% ABV is nearly no where to be found as long as you don't take big swigs. Definitely a dry one though.

O: This one is a great example of what Centennial hops have to offer and how they can make an IPA taste. Its pretty in your face, which might not work for all people, but I like it. If it was something I could buy in my area it would be battling away against Finestkind, and it might just win.

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

Poured form a bottle to a pint. One finger head that disappeared into a thin lay despite an ample amount of carbonation. Almost no lacing but not surprising based on the crispness of the mouthfeel. The deep golden color made up for any expectations the head did not live up to.

Hoppy nose was strong and pleasant and not overwhelming.

Not a hop bomb but forthright. Could taste the hops before it hit the tongue but no explosion. Allowed the malts in the form of brown sugars and molasses to support nicely but then giving way to the hops in the finish. The finish was long and with a prolonged sensation resisting a rinse.

Mouth was crisp with the carbonation complimenting the feel.

Overall a excellent beer. The first from Bells I have had that lived up to the raves I have heard.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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