Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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Photo of mwthomas
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy, golden orange color and pour produces a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. It does leave a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Strong citrus and floral aroma from the centennial hops that mostly masks the malts.

T: Malt flavor comes through a bit stronger, but, like the smell, the hops dominate. The citrus provides a nice dry finish that balances the beer well.

M: Decent carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Definitely my favorite brew of a style that I'm slowly beginning to appreciate. Several of these can definitely be enjoyed in a session.

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Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky golden amber colour, topped by a half-inch slightly rocky, white head that shows good retention and some lacing. Definitely unfiltered, with small particulates in suspension, but clears up considerably as it warms. Hop aroma was evident as soon as I opened the bottle, a nice mix of citrus and spice. Mild malty nose as well, but this is only evident after it's been in the glass for a while. Malt sweetness to start, quickly followed by piney bitterness. Hop flavours (citrus and spice) show up part way through. The finish is quite long, dry and bitter, with more of a sharp orange peel flavour. High carbonation with a medium body and a bit of creaminess. Also just a bit of alcohol warming after it's swallowed, mostly after it warms a bit.

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Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice pale color and has about a quarter inch head that slowly fades into a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing this time but I remember it lacing more when I had it on tap.
The smell, Wow. As soon as you pop the top on this beer you are hit by a tremendous hop smell. Smells like Northern Brewers hops if my nose serves me correct. Probably a Northern/Cascade mix. I don't know for sure but thats what it smells like.
The taste definately follows the nose. It drastically goes from sweet to bitter. The bitter plays its part as soon as it gets to the back of the tounge. You can pick up on the oilyness probably because this is such a heavily hopped beer.
Just above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation and its flavor coats your mouth and lingers quite a bit.
Its a pretty powerful beer so I usually don't try to drink to many of them in a sitting without changing it up. It's definately a treat of a beer none the less. A good beer from a good Brewing Co. Very popular in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of palma
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

unfiltered looking orange yellow body. Nice small head. lace lingers long time. good rings.
aroma is fruity hops, big time. some alcohol fumes in the aroma as well.
Taste is piney hops throughout. strong bittering hops in the end. Dry and sharp orange peel taste hits entire mouth in the after taste. some minor medicinal notes toward the end as well. Still, a good unbalanced IPA flavor but I've had better.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a hazy orange-amber with a modest head. Aroma has pine-resin with a hint of citrus hop notes. Flavor offers high bitterness up front with piney, flowery hop flavor, together with some sticky sweet malt, lightly caramel, and a pleasant yeasty fruitiness. Finish is actually a little sweet while still retaining hop taste. Fairly light bodied for the strength, but also a tad watery.

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Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour delivers a beautifull copper orange color with a rich thick creamy layer of foam.

S: Floral, nutty, fruity. Very nice hop scent rises to nose.

T: Smooth hops blend with light malts and mix for a pleasant taste.

M: Medium body with all the head expexted more carbonation texture but was creamy.

D: Definitly a drinker but be carefull at 7.1%

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Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber, a mild chill haze to begin with. Thin white cap of half a finger leaves rings of great lacing on the glass. Retention was average, not much of it left after a few dregs.

Balanced malt and hop aroma, starts with warm buttered croissants of all things with a bit of bakers yeast meddling with a moderate pine, orange citrus and bright herbaceous hops character, juniper and red berries come to mind.

Malt is standard two-row, solid breadiness with a bit of raw husks showing before the hops arrive with a leafy green herbaceous and pine flavor, balanced push between malts and hops. Moderate bitterness begins to cleanse the palate before alcohol and aftertaste leak in with some lemon Pledge solvent flavor that ghosts quickly in and out.

Where this beer lacks in overwhelming flavor or aroma it makes up for with a medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol pretty well hidden and easy to drink. (Can mouthfeel please be worth more on the damn BA rating scale?)

I can finally check off this beer on my IPA bucket list, a intricately crafted balanced beer but also leaves me very aware of my apparent conditioning towards the west coast varieties.

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Photo of matthewb9
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Winking Lizard in Cleveland last week. I can't find it in New York, so I was highly anticipating this well-hyped beer.

A - Pours a nice copper orange with decent head. Nothing exceptional, but surely inviting.

S - Strong fruit aroma, but I couldn't help but notice a bit of staleness in the smell.

T - Very drinkable beer. Good balance between hop bitterness and maltiness. I was looking for a bit more of a punch in the face, but sadly, I did not get it.

M - Oddly light. I felt it was missing a bit of the complexity that typically accompanies beers of its status. Carbonation was standard for style.

O - It's a good beer, for sure. World-class? Meh. I can rattle off a number of higher quality American IPAs (IMO), but I'm glad I got a chance to check out this Bell's classic. Don't turn it down if you see it.

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Photo of bertram
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy golden amber with a nice, one-finger head. A flavorful beer that is heavy on the hops, with a nicely balanced level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, with the hops and bitterness. A very crisp beer that you'll enjoy if you consider yourself a "hophead."

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Photo of SQNfan
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. This poured a deep golden with a white head. The nose shows off the hops with citric and also a bit of piney hops along with a touch of caramel malt. The palate was well-balanced with the hops beginning and ending with the dry/bitter finish and the malts picking up the body in the middle.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gift from Silenius, thanks for that!! Especially because it was handed over during your honeymoon.

Strong hop and orange marmalade smell when I opened the bottle.
Slightly foggy golden / rusty colour. Dots of yeast floating around. Small head with big bubbles; fading very quickly. Nice thin white layer remains.
Odour is very persistent, Oranges, hop. I can feel the bitterness on my tongue just by smelling the beer.
A very dry taste. Bitter, like licking orange peels. Again oranges of course with malt and rich hops. Pine tree. Some carbonation
The aftertaste is sharp, malt, orange candy; kind of slimy. Keeps on lingering in my mouth, quality doesn’t fade.

Even after two bottles of Stone IPA, this type of beer still is kind of unearthly for me. But I’m working on it. This one is more my kind of taste in comparison to Stone. It’s fresh, not overwhelming and tasty. A job well done!

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of SenorHops
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of Two-Hearted's freshest batch. Pours a nice medium burnt orange with significant haze.

Nose was by far the best thing about this beer. Tremendous Floral and citrus aromas.

Taste is earthy floral hops with a little citrus, but the floral notes dominate with a twinge of spiciness. Citrus peaks out in the finish. Pretty complex flavors up front. Unfortunately the flavors are very subdued and I like the flavors in my IPA's to "pop" more. Mild bitterness in the finish along with a slightly funky taste that I can't put my finger on. Seems to sour slightly as it warms up. Mouthfeel is a little flat and thin. Alcohol taste comes through as it warms and is a bit unpleasant for a 7% abv beer.

A little disappointing considering all the hype. Though I don't think this is a bad IPA, by any means, I feel it is just good, but not great and with so many stellar IPA's available, I would not go out of my way to drink this again. But in saying that, it is a unique brew.

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Photo of GregBinder7
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Instant classic. I've had it many times, but after drinking two, one right after the other, I figured I'd give it a review. In appearance, it has a dark solid gold orange color. Quarter inch thick head, and lots of flavor. Easily one of the most refreshing APA's out there. It's got bold rich hoppy flavor at the onset and finishes cold and refreshing. A must have, and an overall great beer.

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Photo of Resuin
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled on 12/09/13 so is 3 months old.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber/gold and leaves a finger+ of white, sticky head which lingers around for a while.

Smell: Resin, mango, malts, honey. Very well balanced aroma between hops and malts. Pleasant and not overbearing.

Taste: More malt dominant than the aroma. Malts, cereal, mango, hint of resin. Very easy drinking.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium body. Finishes crisp and clean.

Overall: This is a pleasant, easy drinking ipa. Well crafted, with a nice feel and hoppy aroma. Quite sessionable, and enjoyable.

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Photo of clint1019
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale gold in color with a thick bubbly white head.

S- Extremely fragrant floral hop aroma

T - Sweet malty flavor balanced nicely by a hoppy bitterness.

M - Light bodied and very smooth

O - A wonderful IPA. Not one of my favorites, but very nice all the same.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 Pack 16oz cans - Local 44 in Philly
Canned on 7/26/15

Look - Honey orange color. Slight haze.

Smell - Sweet candied orange, very floral, hints of grapefruit and dankness

Taste - Super floral, orange, touch of grapefruit, touch of dankness, sweet malts, very balanced, very easy drinking

Feel - Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, not much bitterness at all, dry finish

Overall - I personally prefer my IPAs more on the tropical fruit/citrus side as opposed to sweet and floral but this is a damn good, quality, IPA to say the least. I can see what the fuss is about...

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Photo of Fluke828
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Liefmans Goudenband gold-rimmed Cervoise-style glass.
Batch # 10269
Bell's Batch Finder = A bottled date of March 22nd, 2011

A-> Pours a beautiful pale hazy and clear copper. Normal pour yields close to 3 fingers worth of thick, white head that has very stubborn retention and stupendous lacing. Some terrific nucleation as well.

S-> Bouquet is of citrus and muted pine aromas at first. Upon further examination, some deeper malt undertones are detected, seemingly of the sweet variety. More sniffs reveal a definite honeydew melon smell with some mango/pineapple in there as well. Pine hop resins tail this one up. Really complex in the nose.

T-> Not as hoppy when it first hits as I was anticipating. Not a fault however as the amazing balance of this brew begins to introduce itself. Get the floral hops in the middle with some nice subtle pale malts in harmony with everything else that is going on here. Something just struck me as a tad stale or dated or something...can't quite put my finger on it...still delicious though...

M-> Nice. Very well balanced and refreshing, with a crisp and clean feeling on the palate. Finish is a tad on the dry side.

O-> Could really see myself sitting on the front porch looking out at the ocean enjoying this brew. Great representation of the style however, as with many beers, not sure I get all the hype surrounding this one. Doesn't mean I didn't like it or that it isn't a good beer, because it is. Just couldn't get past the fact that it tasted and smelled faintly stale or somewhat dated even though it was barely 5 weeks in the bottle...will be trading for more of this, hopefully a little closer to it's bottling date.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a DFH Snifter glass.

A- Nice orange/copper amber with thick 1 finger head that leaves its stain all over the glass.

S- Piny with sour citrus fruits, sweet malts and sugary resin with a mild floral perfume.

T- Extreme bittering hops overwhelms the opening touch on the lips and tongue, but milds out to a pleasantly smooth and sweet malty tingle.

M- Medium bodied and very bitter sweet.

D- This is a delicious IPA that has its set of mood swings. Every sip seems to bring a different feel. If this were available around me i would consume this regularly.

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Photo of csiewert
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a finger of white foamy head that retains and laces well. The aroma has hints o piney and floral hops. The taste hits you with the piney and citrusy hop bitterness then finishes with some slight caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbed and burns slightly. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice golden color with a whiite head. Nice lacing.
S - smells pretty good, a bit of grapefruit, not as strong smelling as I would have expected.
T - hoppy - bitter but not citrusy or piney especially. Missing those flavors. Disappointing, frankly.
MF - clean - flavor is good but it doesn't "stick"
D - Could have a few of these.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Halcyondays for the gift. 12 ounces of IPA, on to the beer:

Paleish orange color, with a head that retains itself well and some lacing shown off and sticking to the glass. The hops hit your face upon opening the bottle, but fades away quickly. It still deleivers some results; tangerines, oranges, and burnt sugars. This could be a sign of a bottle with a little age on it.

There's still a "sweet" hoppiness found in this beer, with a mild toasted/burnt grain background. Tangerine and orange once again come to mind. It's a little oily and smooth in the feel, though the finish hits a small bump with a somewhat rough resiny aftertaste.

Bell's still isn't distributed to California, and I've only made two trades (none involving Bell's), yet this is my fifth offering from this brewery. Following the others, THA is DoubleJ approved.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden amber with a respectable off-white head. Head initially appeared creamy, but soon the bubbles grew larger...almost spongey looking. Head eventually fell back to about a quarter inch which stayed around quite a while, leaving a good bit of lace down the glass.

Smell was at first fruity. I thought I smelled apples in the first whiff, but then couldn't find them on the second sniff. Next I got a nosefull of heavily floral, citrusy hops... almost too flowery!

Flavor was sweet malt at first, then the HOPS kick in! Again, floral flavor first, then spicy, grapefruity bitterness. Aftertaste had a definite orange-peel character that lingered a good, long while.

Mouthfeel was creamy and carbonation was just right. However, I couldn't imagine drinking a lot of these in a row!

I imagine that 2 months ago I wouldn't have liked this much. But, over the last 2 months, I've sampled a lot of different brews and I can tell that my tastes are maturing. I think I'd like to re-review this about a year from now and see what I think of it then!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Grant. Poured into a tulip. This one pours kind of hazy burnt orange color with a giant three fingered tall head that sits white and bubbly atop. It retains nicely and leaves nice sticky lace.

Fresh cut grass in the aroma with a nice grapefruit background. Slightly bittering aroma with a noticable malt profile that hints towards notes of caramel. The taste doesn't transilate the aroma perfectly. It has a kind of toasty flavor with a more noticable caramel malt body. Hints of grapefruit with a good bitter hop finish. The aroma leads one to believe this is going to be a bit more citric on the pallet.

The feel is good. Nice light body with lively carbonation. A little drying. Overall a nice offering from Bell's. A well made IPA that delivers nicely. I'd welcome more of these in my refridgerator.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into standard shaker. from notes.

A - pours a hazy darker yellow with a nice, fluffy white head and excellent lacing.

S - Strong, floral hops but not much else.

T - Very IPA hop forward but tastes very balanced. It's definitely not a hop bomb but gives you enough bitterness to satisfy. I noticed a touch of honey on the back end, nice!

M - Medium to lighter body, a touch thin. Lots of carbonation, but overall a good feel.

D - Easy drinker. A good fishing beer, as the label might suggest! If only it came in cans....that would be awesome.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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