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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

11,648 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,648
Reviews: 3,138
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 647
Gots: 1,888 | 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 eat
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a trade with rudge75 at Half Pints. I brought you stuff from Ontario and everything you gave me was American. How fair is that? I still owe you one.

Hazy pastel-amber in colour with a good cover of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. Bits of dark brown sediment at the bottom.

The nose consists of lots of citrus rind and pine with a nice candy malt backing. Smells fresh and hoppy.

Now this is an IPA. Super well-balanced and just about perfectly hopped for my taste. Lots of pine and grapefruit rind with some white pepper over perfectly balanced sweet malt. No obvious alcohol and a nice dry, grapefruit rindy finish.

Medium body and carbonation. Not bad at all.

This stuff is great, I could drink it all the time. Quite hoppy but not overwhelmingly so. Easily one of the very best single IPAs I've had, if not the very best. Thanks a ton, Dave!

Photo of dpnelson1978
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 12/10/2009

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
45°F

$9.99 / 6 pk.

S: Sweet caramel malt, bready. Nice floral hop aroma.

A: Clear amber body topped by a big loose head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing and a thin creamy cover.

T: Well balanced malt and citrus hop flavors. Bready. Nothing stands out as overpowering. More pronounced malt flavors than a typical IPA.

M: Smooth medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp finish with a nice hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

D: Very sessionable IPA, and better solo than many of the hop bombs I've had recently.

O: This brew stands out for its balance of flavors, a treat that has been on the decline in craft IPA's it would seem. Don't confuse balance with absence however, this beer is very flavorful.

Photo of wedge421
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a sexy IPA. Golden honey notes with a soapy white head. While not exactly clear there is some hop haze in this one. A great example of how an IPA should look.

S - Wow this one reminds me a lot of it's bigger brother Hopslam. While not nearly as intense there is a definite resemblance. Sweet floral hops fly out of the glass. There is also a very generous sweet malt back bone that you can detect as the beer warms a bit. This beer just smells so fresh and inviting.

T - If the aroma isn't enough to win you over the taste will. A huge shot of bitterness right at the front which is quickly blended together with the sweet fruit flavors of the hops. By the back of the tongue you are reminded or the sweet malts you detected in the nose> A perfectly balanced beer.

D - YES please! Easily one of the best examples of a year round IPA on the market. A perfect mix between sweetness from the hops balanced with bitterness followed by a great malt character.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to BucketBoy for this gem! Pours a beautiful murky, golden/orange color with a gorgeous white head on it. Very nice lacing as well. The smell is SO fruity! I get delicious, real fruit juice, fruit snacks. Not the cheap ones either, the ones made with real fruit, that are impossible to stop eating. Never gotten this scent from an IPA before. I love it! Initially, I get that amazing fruit snack taste. Not the typical citrus tastes you get from an IPA...I'm getting the citrus along with berry flavor. I'm picking up boysenberries and raspberries too. Very interesting and delicious. I can't get over this flavor. A little melon lingers in the aftertaste. The hop flavorings and bitterness are not much different than HopSlam (HopSlam is just this on Steroids with honey). This mouthfeel is nothing less than perfect. Great drinkability...I hate (ABSOLUTELY HATE!!!) that I can't get this here in California!

Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as part of a mix and match six pack from U Pick 6 in Erie, PA. Cloudy orange-yellow pour with nice creamy head and great lacing. The nose is huge and complex with loads of citrus and pine, nicely balanced with sweet malt. The taste is huge as well, just bursting with flavor. The tons of citrus and pine are the stars here, but it's perfectly balanced with nice sweet maltiness. The mouthfeel is awesome as well with a bit of oily, resin to it with a nice fresh, crisp finish. This is a hugely drinkable and enjoyable beer. I am definitely going back for a full six pack!

Photo of Nerudamann
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look - Light amber color with good carbonation and a good 2 finger's worth of foam.

Smell - Some citrus, hint of the IPA quality, but before reviewing what type it was supposed to be, I thought it was a normal ale, not an IPA.

Taste - Hoppy, but with a good balance. Still some citrus taste. Subtle taste of an IPA. Good beer for those who don't usually like IPA's.

Mouthfeel - slightly creamy.

Drinkability - Because of the well-balanced taste and aftertaste, I'd give this a ranking as a good beer in general, as well as being worthy of a six pack.

Photo of boss302
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

A Golden to amber in color. Not clear. It had a nice head, faded by mid glass, and was gone by the end.

S Flowery hop aroma, some citrus.

T Malty sweetness, lots of hop flavor, but without the associated astringency common with other IPAs. Good IPA balance between malt and hops. There are some citrusy/piney flavors.

M Medium body, carbonation fits the malt and hops and makes a good balance.

O Great beer. A nice go to IPA. I've had this beer in the past and it continues to be a good example.

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

Appearance - pours a rich honey color. One finger fairly white head with good retention. Lacing evaporate quickly which was a bit of a let down on what is otherwise a fantastic beer.

Smell - is to die for. Tons of piney hops smothered in mango and citrus.

Taste - extremely well balance as far as well hopped America IPAs go. Alcohol is definitely present. Bitterness and oiliness of the hops are offset beautifully by creamy head and sweet malt. Fantastic IPA!

Mouthfeel - is oily and think coats the roof of your mouth and the back of your tongue. Feels almost like a double strangely.

Drinkability - Very drinkable beer. Balance and refreshing, and not at all abusive. A little on the higher side of American IPAs as far as ABV goes but not at all a drawback.

Overall - another great beer from Larry Bell

Photo of dasenebler
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange, with a touch of copper. Nice medium head, creamy white with some good lacing.

Aroma is floral and citrusy. A bright and lively hop nose: just what I want in an IPA.

Flavor is similar to aroma. Lots of hop flavor, and pretty dry as well. Although the malt profile is dry, there is a huge juiciness from the hops in Two-Hearted: lots of peach and apricot, to me at least. This is a West-coast IPA for sure, but with a different flair than some of the old standbys. Unique. Malt backbone is medium. A much lighter-bodied IPA than I was expecting, but still solid. Extremely refreshing and drinkable, even at 7 percent.

This is already a well-recognized IPA, and I'm just confirming its greatness. Delicious.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9725, enjoyed on 06.23.2010 poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a 14oz. American pint glass.

Two Hearted has now reached the acclaim of #2 on my Favorite IPA list. I reviewed 2heart back in '09 from the tap at Shakespeare's in Kzoo - this is a new review.

A: Pours a hazy, dirty orange, bordering on rust. I poured directly into the bottom of the glass and it produced a gorgeous, bright white head. One thing I enjoy about the appearance of this beer is how I can always see bubbles rising from the bottom. The head died a bit, but left good lacing down the glass.

S: Smells like a citrus hops variety with some spice & grass in it. The hops aren't overpowering. Get your nose up in this one. PS - My favorite IPA in Pliny The Elder (Russian River)

T& M: Mostly bitter-free. But is more sweet, a faint hint of alcohol can be found in the after tastes - but for a 7%-er, it's as mild as they come. Light carbs, not too dry, it kinda leaves a film actually. This beer is very refreshing.

D: For me this is one of the most drinkable 7% beers ever.

Photo of TheSarge
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Hearted looks great. It produces mounds of clumpy off white head, and has strong retention. The body is orange gold in color, and is mildly hazy

The aroma is a bit perfume like, that being the vivid floral character. There is also a citrus tinge as well as pine.

Hops shine through heavily in this beer. I would say it is close to a hop bomb, but not quite; however, much more hops than I was expecting. I'd say there is a bitter grape fruit taste, but I can't really detect much of the malt's character.

This beer feels about full in body, with a bit of prickly carbonation. There is a smooth slickness and a mild warm finish.

This is a different IPA for me, and seems to stand on it's own as possibly a strong hoppy English style IPA. Not really comparable to any others that I've had.

Photo of Hoppensniffer
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first really great "hoppy" beer, and I love it above all others. This beer has the best first taste of hops that I have ever tasted. Unlike other hoppy beers, this hoppy taste does not sour, or linger too much with time, it just gives you a great crisp taste, and then you are ready for another mouthful. This beer inspired me to coin my handle "Hoppensniffer", and I love it.

Photo of DuffManOhYeah
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Two Hearted is one of my favorite IPAs. It's a beer I commonly bring to parties and a great one to pair with food.

A- A stunning gold, with some cloudiness. The rocky head is a thing of beauty with a lace that clings to the sides throughout.

S- A siren to anyone who loves hops. Very crisp and and pleasantly floral nose. My favorite aspect of the beer.

T- Goes hand-in-hand with the smell. Very floral but not overtly bitter. A very strong and citric IPA.

M- Sometimes can have a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but it really depends on the bottle. Some can be extremely good, but I've had I think 2 instances where the beer wasn't up to par,

D- A pleasant and enjoyable IPA to drink. Like I already said, the smell is what makes me keep drinking it. The bitterness also keeps bringing you back for more.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 9499, bottled December 2009.

A: Color is a bright gold, very clear. Pours with a one-inch+ white, creamy head. Dissipates slowly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S: First aroma is tropical hops, mainly pineapple. Also getting some piney and citrus hops. Some faint honey notes along with a touch of sweetness.

T: Taste continues where aroma left off with a nice blend of piney and citrus hops. Getting fewer tropical notes on the taste. The sweetness, faintly noticable on the smell, plays a stronger role in the taste. Malts are slightly bready and seem to overpower the hops mid-taste. But generally, everything is very well balanced. Finish is a touch on the bitter side.

M: Medium body, with moderate carbonation. My only complaint is that the beer comes across a little on the sticky side, a touch more than desired for a regular IPA.

D: Very drinkable, especially considering this is a six month old beer by the time I reviewed it. Fresh, I think this would be pushing into A+ territory.

Photo of harperman69
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner style glass from Paoli Peaks lodge in Indiana. Don't hate on my limited skiing abilities.

Pours a hazy very light orange with half a finger head, my color may differ from other reviews, I suspect from dimmer lighting. Leaves very light lacing.

Smells very citric and piney with grapefruit smell being predominant.

Mouthfeel was very light, a very easy drinker.

Taste is exceptional. A very well balanced IPA utilizing the malts and hops on a near perfect level. My first Bell's product and won't be my last, if it were only distributed somewhere in west or middle TN. Until then, I must prepare more trips to Bowling Green.

Photo of ballz50401
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (batch 9637) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Color is a nice clear lightly tinted gold with a very nice head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Lots of floral hops in the aroma with a touch of light crystal malts. Taste is the same as smell, a very well balanced IPA. A medium bodied mouthfeel with a good hop bite. A very well done IPA that is easy to drink.

Photo of zhooker
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a large snifter, over some cribbage with Dad. Pours nice and hazy, honey or light amber in color. Nice airy head with great retention and light lacing.

The nose is very piney and green -- this will be a pretty loaded IPA, I'm assuming. In fact, I am little surprised it's not an Imperial/Double. Later, a citrus-like smell emerges... oranges. After a few sips, I am also sensing a bready sweetness in the aroma.

That malt sweetness hits you up front when sipping, but from there on, the hops dominate. The sweet flavors return a bit in the finish. While the hops really establish a presence, it is not overly bitter; this is a fairly smooth ride. There is some residual chalkiness from the massive hopping, but other than that the mouthfeel is pleasant.

I've loved this beer ever since Lisa C. brought it to a party of mine in Chicago about 5 years ago. So nice to revisit this time. It seemed much smoother than I remember, but I am guessing my hop-sensitivity has been dulled since then by infinite craft brew tasting sessions. So perhaps I should I add that this is indeed a hoppy beer -- buyer beware. Anyways, I hope my next pint of this isn't too far away. Here's to you, Lisa!

Photo of Beervis
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold with a nice white foam head.

Smell is absolutely incredible, with beautiful bright citrus and floral notes, making it extremely appetizing.

Taste has a nice, almost creamy sweetness up front, with a medium body and a pleasingly bitter follow through. Finish is nice and bitter and begs for another sip.

For me, this is the perfect IPA. It has major drinkability, and showcases the hops in the smell, as well as the taste.

I can't possibly say enough about this beer, it is my "desert island" beer, and my favorite of the style hands down.

Photo of adam42381
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden caramel with a 1-2 finger frothy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Hoppy citrus and pine mixed with sweet hints of caramel.

Taste: Grapefruit-like hops flavor blended nicely with just a hint of malt. Nice bitter finish which gives way to a sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. The 7.1% ABV is masked nicely so this one could end up sneaking up on you if you drink a few.

Overall: Very solid IPA. I would definitely recommend this one.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold color. Small head with patchy lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of citrus and pine with some grapefruit and other fruits in the background. Also a little bit of grass in there as well.

T: Matches pretty well to the nose. The hop/citrus flavor hits you upfront and a really nice malt finish. The hop flavor is really nice with the grapefruit and grass coming through, but it isn't overpowering and is balanced well with the malt leaving a slightly dry, but not overly bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, but very smooth and creamy at the back end. The 7.1% is nonexistent and this beer goes down nice and easy. I only wish I could get more of it.

Photo of Darien
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass and quickly built up a massive white head that disappeared after a minute or so. Not crystal clear but damn close. Very hoppy in the nose, very citrusy and piney smelling with an underlying sweet malty smell. Tastes pretty delicious. Tastes very hoppy but not overpowering, citrusy, piney and sort of grassy hop taste with the malts hardly noticed in the background. Nice medium bodied and prickly mouthfeel. A nice beer that's easy to drink

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

Bell's Brewery: Two Hearted Ale (Bottled: 05/11/10) (Tasted 06/09/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Mildly hazy sun-kissed gold with a big frothy eggshell white head that fades down into a nice looking cap, lots of sticky patches of lace.
Odor: Big C-hop aroma, floral, spice and grapefruit, in that order, with a soft blanket of malt richness in the background.
Consistency: Full end of medium bodied with a dry, cracker-like malty feel. Thin but creamy, thanks to the mellow, low-riding carbonation.
Taste: Even multi-grain cracker malt character, complimented by a solid showing from the hops, juicy bitter orange and sweet grapefruit, slightly grassy flavor in the background. Dry finish, long and hoppy with nothing but grapefruit and pine needles on the tongue.

Good IPA, this brewery was old school before I was in elementary school. Sure, it is not nearly as intense as many more recent examples, but it is a great example of the style.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy apricot color, an inch worth of froth which seems to sick around more or less.

massive citrus qualities in the smell, quite floral and fragrant.

citrusy in the taste as in the smell, more hops than malt, but some of the flavors seem a bit restrained.

medium bodied and smooth, high carbonation.

Very drinkable beer and a solid IPA, though I don't really feel it lives up to the hype.

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is light pale amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface. A light level of carbonation is visible.
S: A light aroma of citrusy and piney hops along with some hints of caramel malts is present in the nose.
T: There is an excellent balance between the malt and hops, with lots of citrusy flavors similar to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There's a good amount of carbonation and the beer does not feel sticky.
D: The beer is very drinkable and not a trace of alcohol is noticeable in the smell or taste.

Photo of michaelpcarney
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: ORANGE YELLOW / POURS A LARGE HEAD THAT SETTLES DOWN TO JUST A CAP / A LITTLE LACING AFTER A BIT

S: CITRUS! / LIGHT HOPS / A LITTLE HONEY IN THE BACKGROUND

T: HOPS! DOMINATE FEATURE / VERY LITTLE MALT / CLEAN FINISH LEFT WITH A LITTLE HINT SWEETNESS

M: NICE MEDIUM / GOOD COMBO OF CARB & BODY / A LITE IPA FEEL / NO RESIDUAL LEFT

D: NO TASTE OF ALCOHOL / LIGHT & CLEAN / SIPPING BEER PERHAPS TWO

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,648 ratings.