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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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10,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,801
Reviews: 3,079
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 599
Gots: 1,491 | 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 HardcoreKeith
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Somehow I forgot to review this!

12 ounce bottle ... with a fish on it. I never bought this beer because the fish was unappealing to me. Then one day I saw the review and decided I had to try it. My palate has come quite a long way for me to now enjoy such bitter beers as this.

A: Hazy gold, super lacey, like a cobweb of stickiness on the glass.
S: Floral hops. Super strong hops. A symphony of hoppiness. Like sticking your face in a bag of hops.
T: Like the smell. Pretty much a hoptastic hopstravaganza. There's some malt sweetness to balance it, and it tastes more balanced as it warms up. IMO this is comparable to most double IPAs in terms of hoppiness. It's not all just bitterness though, the taste and aroma are both also really strong, and it's certainly enjoyable.
M: Dry and bitter on the aftertaste.
D: Although it's really good, I couldn't drink too much of this at once.

HardcoreKeith, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my 1st review, be kind. ;-)

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- The beers appearance is a nice cloudy golden orange with an almost 1 inch head. Lacing left all around the glass.

S- Smell is of light citrus hops with maybe a bit of pine.

T- Incredible hop bite that holds on and doesn't let go. I certainly can understand that if someone didn't like really heavy hops why this wouldn't work for them. But for me this is really a great IPA

M- What can I say? A lovely bite at the front of the tongue. Very refreshing.

D- This beer goes down way to easy, the taste is so good to me I can't hardly wait for the next sip.

Overall I am very impressed with the effort the brewery put in.

The only downfall. It wouldn't make a great session beer due to its 7% alcohol level. I can live with that.

SortaAmbivalent, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of cthulu81
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking way too much of this lovely, lovely stuff to not have posted a review about it yet. Gathering from that opening statement, yup, this is going to be a very positive light shone on the beer that is Two Hearted. Spicy Orange Marmalade. 'Nuff said. Really. That was and still is the first thing that hits me when I drink this exquisite IPA. The honeyed citrus stampedes out of the glass on an aromatic mission to assault your olafactory glands. Luck for me I am a beer masochist. Then you drink it and the barrage of zest simply continues. But all of this hop juice is held in check by an assertive, smooth and full-bodied malt backbone. The finish is crisp, fragrant and your brain's que to hurry up and raise the glass to your mouth again. So drinkable, and even better when you can get it in the 5 ltr. party kegs. Whaaa? Yup, this purty little thang is now available in a jolly little aluminum barrel of joy. Well, not specifically RIGHT now, as Bells puts Two Hearted keg production on temporary hiatus while they crank out the Oberon mini-kegs, but come Fall they will be back. Much, much love to another fabulous beer from Kalamazoo. Well alright, Comstock. Cheers!

cthulu81, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice hazy golden amber color. Looks great. Small head that goes away quick and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S- Smells of citrus hops and also could pick up some floral in this

T- Follows the smell. Nice hoppiness followed up by citurs sweetness. Very nice. Really enjoyed this great balance.

M- A little light here. Good carbonation, nice and crispy.

D- Very drinkable. Could put these away any time and any where.

nrbw23, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a bone white head that has some serious staying power.

Sweet pine and citrus with a nice floral aroma. No detectable malt. Very easy on the nose.

A big time grapefruit and floral hop flavor with a very clean malt backbone. Makes the hops extremely palatable. This is what I expect from my top of the line IPA's.

Light and rather crisp for a big IPA like this.

This is a pretty easy drinking IPA. If you can handle the big hops, this one is in your wheelhouse.

ColForbinBC, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.89 for a 12 ounce bottle from Merchants Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI, in March, 2008. Brought home to California for subsequent tasting.

Pours a somewhat cloudy light orange with a big foamy rocky white head.

Aroma of sharp hops but strongly offset by a sweeter citrus profile, oranges and grapefruits. Quite nice.

Flavor is very tasty, the citrus coming through, but also a maltiness that is much more evident than the Ballast Point IPA earlier in the day. A sharper, more bitter ending finishes with the swallow.

A tasty brew, quite enjoyable, but not as classic as some I have tried. I've seen this one hyped a lot, and I dont feel the same level of love, even though it is pretty good!

Dukeofearl, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imagine that. An IPA-style ale based on a short story by Ernest Hemmingway: Big Two-Hearted River.

Pours a cloudy, orangish amber with a hyper-creamy head that dissipates quickly. Above average lacing.

Heavy citrus peel aroma. Prominently grapefruit in nature.

Floral flavor with a full-frontal assault of hoppy bitterness.

Crisp, dry finish with a blast of carbonation that lingers on the tongue like a lazy Upper Peninsula brook trout before it's snagged.

CaptainIPA, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/09/08. Batch 8303.

Pours a golden orange color with two fingers of soft white head, which left no lacing around the glass. Aroma is crisp grassy hops, citrus (especially orange and grapefruit). Simple, but not bad.

Taste is very very nice. More grassy hops, very crisp. Lots of citrus flavors. Lemon, orange, grapefruit. Good bitter aftertaste. Smooth with a medium body. Leaves a bit of stickiness in the mouth though. I could easily see drinking a few of these on a hot summer day.

Probably my new favorite IPA. Another solid beer from the folks at Bell's.

bkilpatr, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 04/08/08.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger white foam head. A few bubbles climb through the beer to keep a faint lacing of foam from disappearing. Suds cling to the sides of the glass with each tilt of the vessel.

Aroma is grassy, citrus hops.

The beer is smooth and even a little creamy, though one would never mistake it for a nitro poured stout.

The flavor: this is a hop head's beer. The initial flavor is slight caramel malt and hoppy pine and grapefruit. I would not call it "balanced". Finish is quite clean except for the lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. Some effervescence and parching keep the tongue busy.

An interesting, quality ale that compares favorably with SNPA and other West Coast hophead pales.

charlzm, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 8272 into a pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy sunset orange, with an off-white 1 finger head. Lacing.

S - "C" hops, pineapple, reminescent of Hopslam but slightly more subdued. Sweetness. A wonderful smelling beer.

T - Piney hops, light oily finish, no notable alcohol. Malts are there but understated, and purely there for balance. This beer is all about hops, and it works so good.

M - Creamy, light, sparkly but not over-carbonated.

D - ABV is the only limiter... the taste is outstanding, and this is almost sessionable.

Notes: I've been drinking this for ages now but finally sat down to review it. This should be a staple in any Michiganders fridge, as it's a truly wonderful example of what the Great Lakes states can do.

I feel lucky to have this as a standby... the only rivals it has are west-coast bad asses.

SaucyA, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into mug.

A - Hazy dark golden/coppery color.

S - Sweet smelling with a hint of some floral hops. Smells alot like a weaker version of their Hopslam.

T - Doughy taste along with some citric hop bite.

M/D - Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation. A very drinkable IPA.

ckeegan04, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Med
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear, deep amber color with a slightly frothy 2 finger white head. Head doesn't stay intact but never quite goes away either. Lacing is well above average.

S - Nicely balanced flowery/citrus. Some orange rind is here. Slightly sour under the hops.

T - This is bumping up against the line of DIPA. Serious hop bitterness with a tart grapefuit finish that stays in the sides of the mouth. Malts are there in the body, but don't stand a chance in the flavor. Brilliant.

M - Smooth and a little creamy. Carbonation is not too forward with very small bubbles.

D - I think I'll have another!

Med, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of jhu1995
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is an orange color with a nice head and good carbonation. Some lacing on the glass. Smell is very citrusy with lemon aromas coming through. Taste followed the smell with citrus and lemon flavors dominating. Would have preferred this beer to be slightly lighter in body which would have made it more drinkable, but overall a good, solid beer.

jhu1995, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice light copper/orange tinted color, with very little head and a bit of lacing. Has a nice floral and slightly citrus scent, although not extremely weak. Excellent hoppy/citrus flavor, a nice IPA with lemon/orange tones and an excellent bitter aftertaste. Not overly smooth, but not bad going down at all.

JamesS, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of btuthill
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this review is for the bottled version, though the tap version is even better. pours a bright amber with a mouth-watering half inch head. grapefruit notes jump out from the glass. the taste is untouchable according to this amateur beer taster - crisp hops balanced by a near perfect malt framework. it can be a *tad* over carbonated, but its uncommon. i could drink two hearted all night, and often do.

its my favorite ipa. not without imperfections, of course, but it is a fantastic beer.

btuthill, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In design class we once learned about products that don't accurately portray themselves through their package. This is one of them. It's sort of dull and gives no hint of the explosive flavor inside.

Pours a thick copper color with a creamy white head.

The smell was flawless, with fruit peels and juices, and some warm, almost sugary aromas.

The taste starts with a soft left hook of citrus flavors followed by a knockout uppercut from the hops. I don't consider myself much of a hop-head, but it was so smooth and well balanced that I think anyone could enjoy it.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, keeping the flavors under control and increasing drinkability.

ElGrecoVerde, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

courtesy of stopbarking

A - this IPA pours a golden amber color, with a half finger of frothy white head, plenty of visible carbonation keeps it alive

S - a sweeter than normal IPA aroma, still ahs the bitter, grapefruit, piney, floral IPA aroma, but a sugary version, a downright splendid aroma

T - wow, one of the more balanced IPA's i ahve had,a cloying bitterness that a subtle sweetness keeps from exploding and maintains the balance, the flavors are very good, piney and floral with that sugary sweetness

M/D - masterfully balanced, the flavors are great, but overshadowed by the amazing balance, Bell's continues to brew amazing beers

sinstaineddemon, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of ScottUCF84
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden amber with a thick slightly off white head that fizzled away into a thin 'algae' on top of the brew. Some lacing formed, and hung to dry throughout the brew.

S- An explosion of sharp hops nearly cleared my sinuses, along with some citrus peel. Some sweet malt.

T- Caramel malt and bold, floral hops at first. A bit of tangerine, and then finally some very bitter hops. The alcohol was hidden very well until it warmed.

M-Pretty crisp and smooth. Medium body, medium carbonation.

D- Towards the end of this beer I am just hopped out... but if strong, complex hops are what you are looking for, you'll enjoy this brew.

ScottUCF84, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of osi
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark honey colored brown with average lace with stickies down the glass.

S - There is a jungle of scents emerging from this brew. Sweet malts, barley to start off with. A sweet tropical fruit smell hangs in there strong as well which is carried by nice floral hops.

T - Barley through and through until the end. Malt background let the bitter hops shine through and leave with a bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body with good carbonation that rolls around the tongue for a while even after the swallow.

D - I would have this again but I would prefer and IPA that finishes a tad cleaner.

osi, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Over a thousand reviews of the one already, what's left to say?

Enjoy it with salsa and chips, I did, and it was delicious. Oh, the beer is orange, it reeks of delicious hops and taste like a american IPA.

A tamer "hopslam" if a definition is required. Thanks to Greg for sending this one on a recent trade.

bloberglawp, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of happygnome
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice golden orange color with a nice half inch of head that doesnt dissapear but leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: strong aromas of citrusy and florall hops aromas with balancing coming from caramel malts
t: strong floral and citrusy hop bitterness so good nice balace comes from the sweet malts
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

oveall, this is a really good brew that i wish was cheaper but still not horrible at about $1.60 a bottle

happygnome, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a bright orange with a dense 2-finger foamy head that lingered for ages and left very good lacing. The slightest swirl sends the head back up to a finger. Nice.

S: The fruits leapt out of the bottle at me - oranges, grapefruits, lemons, etc. A slight piny, grassy scent could be detected under the floral fruits, as well as a slightly sweet malt base.

T: Clean, crisp taste that was dominated by the floral and citrus side of things. Quite a zing on the taste buds. I caught a little bit of the malt in the background, but not much. Zesty.

M: Medium bodied with a decent clean finish with only the slightest bitterness in the aftertaste.

D: This is a great example of an IPA, though it was probably a litle bit on the fruity side to be in my top few IPAs. Nonetheless, a well crafted brew from Bells.

gford217, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange. Thick, fluffy, rocky head with great retention and lacing. The smell is probably the best I've ever experienced in an IPA. A great blend of those bitter hops with a strong citrus accent to it. Taste is incredible too. Very well balanced, obviously it leans more to the hop side but the hops arent overly dominant. They are there and present, but there is a malty sweetness to it as well. Taste very "fresh" and clean, just a great IPA. Carbonation is moderate and I'd say a medium mouthfeel to it. There is a slightly bitter, oily hop residue left behind. Overall this is just a great beer and I couldnt be more impressed.

bunnyhustle, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An amber pour, with a bit of a fog rolling in. Slightly offwhite, but rather large head.

S: Floral, slightly earthy, with a definite citrus peel hoppiness.

T + M: Citrus hops, a little bit yeasty/biscuity. An oily slickness over the tongue, smoothing towards the finish, with a dry finish and lingering hoppiness.

D: Pretty clean and dry, and it goes down quite smooth for the style. A notable brew, though I'd probably go in the Hopslam direction if after a hoppy Bell's brew, personally.

Proteus93, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours an even golden color with good head retention.
Smell: Citrusy and floral hop aroma immediately noted.
Taste: The hoppy bite is a little delayed. there seems to be a nice balance between the malts and hops here- not a bitter hop challenge. There is a crisp floral character to the hops. Aftertaste lingers for a small while.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with an IPA slickness.
Drinkability: This could be handy as a session ale. Not oppressive like some IPAs and DIPAs.

Overall: A well-balanced IPA, great for hop-heads who seek more balance than a hop blast in their IPAs.

coalcracker, Mar 29, 2008
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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