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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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10,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,781
Reviews: 3,077
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 598
Gots: 1,481 | FT: 40
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 ryrust5301
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a murky dark gold color with a creamy, pillowy white head of a finger length

Smell - Oh so citrusy with a nice blend of sweet malts and floral hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This beer has great balance! At first there's a crisp carbonation bite with a taste of sweet malts. Stays active all the way to the back of the tounge, where a nice splash of floral bitter hops shakes the mouth to life. Wonderful grapefruit taste to acconut for the citrus.

Drinkability - This beer is balanced to perfection. Not too sweet and not too malty makes for a hell of a fantastic session beer. Incredibly tastey and easy to drink.

ryrust5301, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained at Four Winds in Pensacola. Poured into a nonic.

A: A nice light amber color. with a nice full head. Head recedes to nice ring that leaves big, sticky lacing.

S: Nice bready malt, with big floral and citrus hops. Smells very inviting.

T: Grapefruit hits first, then a nice light biscuity malt. Citrus and floral hops are very present in this brew but it is incredibly balanced. Very impressive.

M: A nice medium carbonation. The beer has a coating ability that really lets the malt shine. Still very clean and crisp with a light bitter aftertaste.

D: This beer is very accessible for an IPA. Very smooth and easy drinking. Now I know why everyone speaks so highly of this brew.

everetends, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of slatetupelo
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice hazy copper/golden color with a white two inch head that remains and leaves great lacing throughout. Lots of carbonation.

S - Mostly earthy hops with some floral and citrus hints

T - Good hoppy bitterness that isn't overpowering and actually kind of mild. There are some hints of citrus fruits but not much. Overall it's really balanced. Light to medium bodied. Love the grapefruit taste here.

D - I really, really enjoy this but I am biased towards IPAs. I could pound a few of these any day of the year, they go down incredibly smooth.

slatetupelo, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This beer poured a very clear deep golden color with very fine particulates noticable in bright light. The initial 2" foamy white head eventually sank to a thin skim, but left impressive sticky lacing down the glass.

S= I detected alot of flowery and citric hop notes in this one. Along side the fruitiness though was a delicious biscuity malt aroma as well. I also got a bit of alcohol in the nose if the beer was swirled.

T= The fantastic balance of the pale malt and yeast gave this brew biscuity flavors weighing against the big juicy, citrusy hop explosion. I would characterize the hop flavors as strong with serious bitterness and a long dry finish.

MF= This had a truly medium body with a crisp feel on the tongue. Cabonation level was superb throughout.

D= Larry Bell has done it again! This is a fantastically drinkable ale, and quite deceptive. The 7% abv is not readily apparent and will sneak up on unsuspecting drinkers... I would make this one of my number one session beers, but alas I live in Illinois and the a**hole distributors have caused this fine ale to disappear from my state.

spointon, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a finger-plus of rocky, foamy off-white head.

A very pleasant, slightly subdued scent of fresh floral and citric hops, with a very slight malt sweetness detectable.

Well balanced taste - Grapefruit hops are foremost, but evened up by slightly sweet, biscuity malts and floral hops.

Medium bodied, well-coating if not a bit sticky, lighter carbonation than I was expecting.

Overall, pretty drinkable. Not the most impressive IPA I've ever had, but well-balanced, very much on top of the style.

Drewcifer, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of robbyc1
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Love the fact that they put a batch # on the back that you can put into their website and get info on it. This one was bottled 11/20/07.

Nice lacing head, light cloudy deep yellow.

Fresh hops and a hint of malt on the nose.

Very balanced, my favorite view of tastes, hoppy and dry on the finish, in the middle just enough malt to balance. Would like a bit more malt but very refreshing.

Frothy and bubbly mouthfeel, just right for an IPA.

Best attribute is that it is very easy to drink this, could have several, not a session though at 7%, but very nice, hides the abv very well. I prefer New Glarus' IPA, and Goose Island's is a match for this, but worth looking for.

robbyc1, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap at TJ Everydays into a slim nonic pint glass.

A: A nice light amber orange color with a nice off white minimal head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Different than from a bottle, this nose was a bit more subdued with citrus hops and a slight malt sweetness. Far from overwhelming.

T: A totally different experience than from a bottle. The draft was so much hoppier and "lighter" feeling than from bottle, it's all in the lack of the deep strong malt gotten from bottle. The tap version had very crisp and refreshing huge citrus hop flavors, specifically orange, grapefruit and tangerine coupled with some slight pine and grass. The lingering bitterness was very crisp and enjoyable. The malt was much more subdued in the tap and I would say it is not as balanced from tap as bottle. Still, this is one kick ass beer.

M: As I said, very crisp hops coats the mouth and makes it tingle seemingly forever. No trace at all of alcohol and carbonation was just about perfect, maybe even a tad low.

D: Uber high. Very, very drinkable, this beer is sooo good it's scary.

Overall a totally different experience than from boottle. Fresh from tap no doubt the hops come through way more and the malt sits more subdued. More balanced in the bottle, but both are super great. Still one of my favorite IPAs.

Kadonny, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer when I don't know what I want. Every time I pop a new one it reminds me of what beer can be. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a hazy, raw honey orange with a billowing 2 finger head that left sticky lacing down the chalice. The aroma is a explosion of citrus. Grapefruit is predominant with bits of orange and lemon. Also sweet grassy notes come through on the finish. The taste is what hops done correctly taste like. Grapefruit and lemon balance with just a bit of spicy/grassy notes. All the hops are balanced extremely well with a malty sweetness that comes out on the finish. The mouthfeel is full and leaves a wonderful coating of hoppy bitterness all around your mouth. This beer isn't a hop monster, its well balanced and goes down smoothly. The only knock is it comes in a little high on the alcohol content to be a session beer. Thanks Bell's Brewery for making one of the Worlds best beers.

hwwty4, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'8386' packaged on March 24, 2008. Just over 2 months ago, but still tasting very fresh.

I've had this many times, and it's about time to re-review it.

A: Tarnished gold with a fluffy white head, not much retention, but some nice lace.

S: Wonderful hoppy nose, with grass, pine & tangerine. Some underlying biscuity malt.

T: Assertive bitterness, but smooth. Plenty of hop flavour (grass, nectarine, tangerine, pine, slightly steelie). Light toffee & biscuity malt with hints of fruity ale esters.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body; moderate carbonation. Slight hop acidity.

D: Exceptionally drinkable for its weight.

Derek, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pours a very deep amber color with a moderate head and no real retention or lacing. Has a very floral scent with notes of citrus and plenty of hops. Has a very hoppy first impression and fades very well to a great bitterness, grapefruit flavor comes through in the finish. Goes down suprisingly smooth for as hoppy as it is. Could easily drink more than one of these and ranks as one of my favorite IPA's ive had, hopheads rejoice.

SpecialK088, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Shared with some friends while homebrewing. Pours a very light and clean orange color with a nearly white head.

Sweetness dominates the nose. Pineapple and grapefruit take center stage, with a good floral aroma in place in the back. The taste is refreshing citrus. There is also a floral hop character and only mild bitterness to finish it. This is an awesomely mild IPA.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, if not a little oily. However, I think I could drink these all night. A fantastic brew.

daythree16, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra (!!!!) in a trade with dschuster03...thanks, Dave!!

Oh. Hell. Yes. Beer pours a cloudy, honey/orange color, nice fluffy white head, some pretty good lacing. Smell is grapefruit, hoppy madness!! Taste is a spicy, citric explosion, with some faint grassy notes, and a sweet malty finish. Bitterness lingers....excellent aftertaste. For me, this is what an IPA is all about...truly one of the finest I've had.

corey0212, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rather hazy, orangish copper in color with a one finger head that fades rather quickly.
The nose is very sweet and citrusy. Bready malts melding with the very potent hops of citrus notes.
An assault of hops is my initial note.
Oranges, grapefruits are dominant. Has a decent malt backbone but the hops rule in this one.
Just the way I like it. Very good brew for sure.

dmamiano, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into imp pint glass. Pours golden orange with a big fluffy white head. Smell of orange and grapefruit with pine in the back. Very sweet smelling. Initial sweet taste, then hops, then a crisp finish. One of the reason Bell's is one of the top brewers in America.

aubuc1, May 31, 2008
Photo of Ricochet
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Electric orange. Almost like you could plug something into it. Slight head with no lace.

S: Like a sweet mixed drink. Cherry, grapefruit and other citrus. Nice.

M: Nothing overpowering until the swallow where there was a distinct grapefruit like burn and a bitter wash with bitter aftertaste.

T: Tart and bitter from strong grapefruit, a strong cherry accent and raisins. It was candy like and dry. Cherry tastes are unusual, but mixed well and alcohol was strong.

D: As IPAs go, this one was different. Not really my taste, and I don't think I'd reach for it because the cherry tastes I picked up just didn't sit well.

Ricochet, May 30, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz to tulip glass, peachy golden color, golden/ off white head, nicely carbonated

smells of floral/citrus hops, caramel malt, a touch of honey?

first taste reveals the citric and floral hops saying hello, bitterness, great hop blend, citrus peel, honey, malts play nicely in the background, dry grassy finish

mouthfeel is nice the carbonation pulls out all kinds of delicious flavors, bitter, easy drinking, one of my all time favorite ipa's


drxandy, May 29, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Light copper, orange with 2 fingers of white head that leaves sticky lacing every where.

S - Citrus and piney hops, resiny and slightly spicy with a decent malt backbone.

T - Nicely balanced bitterness with sweet caramel and bready malts. Citrus, resiny and spicy hops are the centerpiece.

M - On the light side of medium with good carbonation and slightly creamy. Slightly dry finish.

D - One of the easiest summer drinking IPA's i have had.

brewcrew76, May 26, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with creamy fluffy white head. Head retention is great and some lacing is left

Smell is wonderful. Citrus grapefruit hops and floral grassy hops mix to create an awesome aroma. i could smell this all day long.

Taste is amazing. Dry and spicy hops up front. Citrus tones reveal as it goes down. There is a hoppy bitterness to the brew but it is remarkable balanced. Slight sweetness to the brew.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. The carbonation matches perfectly.

Very drinkable especially a 7.0% abv. Wonderful brew. One of my all time favorites.

kzoobrew, May 25, 2008
Photo of Flyer
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lately I've gotten away from these more everyday-type craft beers, but after a day of yardwork, this tasted great. Pours the color of a well-polished dooknob with some grapefruity hoppiness. Pillowy head. The flavor is clean, mildly bitter hops over a faint but unmistakable backtatse of Bazooka bubble gum and some lingering grapefruit. Sweet finish, but still clean. A very good example of the style.

Flyer, May 24, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Huge, nearly 4 finger head. Creamy and pillowy. Hangs around for a very long time, receding to quarter inch thick cap, and lots of sticky lacing. VERY nice. The only thing keeping this from a 5.0 was the haziness...why hazy?

S - Typical IPA. Full range of floral/spicy/earthy/citrus hops with focus on the citrus aspects, mostly lemon and orange. Vague malt pulls through as well.

T - Quite dry without the early to mid-palate sweetness of most IPAs. The hops are there, but only play a small role. Some floral aspects are present, but it quickly moves into citrus peel and intense bitterness with uninteresting malts. For such an otherwise impressive beer, the taste is quite bland and off balance. The taste that is there isn't focused on enough, and it's also a poor example of a "well-hopped beer." It's just sort of weird with the citric bitterness playing the main role.

M - A little thicker and less carbonated than I'd prefer, especially with this brew's focus on citric elements.

D - It's not all that interesting of a beer, and to boot, it's unbalanced and all over the place. Probably a great IPA for some, but not me. The appearance and generally decent IPA aroma are the brew's best qualities.

PatrickJR, May 22, 2008
Photo of unionturf
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have seen this around and had no idea what it would be like, I've been trying singles lately and found it at Wine and More in a single so WTH. From the very first taste, WOW. Love it.

I came here and read the reviews and don't see the "bitter" some speak of. This is an excellent perfectly balanced beer that just rocketed to the top of my favorite list. I like stouts and have been "lighter" beers, this one will be hard to beat.

unionturf, May 20, 2008
Photo of Wonka
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ
Alc. 7.0% by Vol.
Bottle print-stamped '8427'

Appearance - light orange hazy body with an unexpected and persistent rise of carbonation (hints of over-carbonation); excellent inch-thick, white, frothy head at pour that has staying power; chunky lace

Smell - Spicy; pine; citrus rind; light brown sugar

Taste - biscuit and grapefruit; spicy and hoppy close; distinctive - could be picked out from a line-up

Mouthfeel - good balance of crisp and slick; appearance of over-carbonation didn't follow through in the feel which was a positive

Drinkability - relatively smooth; some dryness at close; for the last 2-3 sips, it really flattened out

I wasn't immediately bowled over in part due to the big expectations but Two Hearted has grown on me. It's a definite recommendation.

Wonka, May 18, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks to go out to the BA crew at the Captain Lawrence Anniversary party. From a mini keg!

A: Tons of white head. Probably 2 fingers. Hard to tell from plastic cups. Tons of lacing as well. The beer was a cloudy copper color.

S: Sweetness is the first thing that hits you. The hops are definitely there as well. The balance was really enjoyable. Hints of citrus throughout.

T: The nice citrus hops hit you first. Then comes the bitterness. A quick flush of malt balances things out before finishing bitter. Fairly well balanced.

M: For a mini keg I though the carbonation was really good. Medium body.

D: Really nice IPA. Glad I got to try this one. Again thanks go out to fellow BAs.

aerozeppl, May 18, 2008
Photo of righlander
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, first off... i have heard alot of people talking about how awesome this beer is so i hope that doesn't affect my review so here goes. pours a cloudy deep gold to light amber from a sturdy 12oz glass. two finger head with good lacing. smell is fruity and not as hoppy as i had hoped it would be. it tastes good but its not as hopped as i wanted for an American IPA. but none the less very well balanced. the malt almost outweighs the hops in my opinion though, not that it makes it unbalanced but, from what i was hearing this was supposed to be a hoppy IPA (which i love) and sadly, it's not. surely a solid ale but, in no way really hoppy. the look, mouthfeel and drinkability are there... but i wanted more hops! good none the less though. but strong abv.

UPDATE!!! these things kick your ass! Very very buzzable... potency wise...I can't get through a 6'er. And i'm a DRUNKO!

righlander, May 18, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a thick ivory head, the head maintains well and laces to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very hop heavy, my nose actually got a little frightened over the expected bitterness.

The taste revealed a much more balanced hop-malt tasste, and a pleasant underlying floral influence. Much better than I expected from the scent (not that the scent was bad, mind you; I was just expecting something far more bitter)

Great mouthfeel, well carbonated but not overdone. No negative aftertaste or dryness of the mouth.

Definately a solid IPA

donteatpoop, May 17, 2008
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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