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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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3,333 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,333
Hads: 13,230
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 821
Gots: 3,395 | FT: 52
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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Reviews: 3,333 | Hads: 13,230
Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very popular beer, especially in the Michigan college community. Strong hop scent and the hops are very apparent upon drinking. High levels of carbonation leave a tingling after taste. Hops are the only way I can describe this beer as it dominates the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a medium head and pretty good retention.

Smell: Hops and more hops, with some biscuit aromas. This is going to taste bitter...

Taste: And it does taste bitter. Floral hops all the way, and not much complexity at all. There's still some of that biscuit flavor, but it's all about the hops here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp.

Overall: This beer has been around awhile and was probably a favorite among hopheads before the hop craze. Now this beer tastes one-dimensional, unbalanced, and simple. In a world with more than enough IPAs, this probably isn't the accomplished beer that it once was, but it's still good.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright white head with bright orange body looks just like stone IPA to me a staple IPA for me

S: smell is quite mute I went to bells web site and it was bottled on April 19 2010 but this sixer was bought from a store that refrigerates there beer so that should help keep it. however I do get a bit of citrus on the nose thats all

T: more citrus on the taste better then the smell but not screaming out at me. good taste I was expecting more hops to come through but still good.

M: nice light mouth high carbonation

D: drinks like a hoppy APA but yea its drinkable.

overall: meh a beer I was expecting more from this is the 2nd 6 pack I have been underwhelmed with a decent IPA but nothing I am going to buy again anytime soon.

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Photo of AUScuba
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my "go to" IPA at places that do not carry my favorite on tap.

A nice amber color, with a malty citrus aroma.

The beer has a good start in the taste department, with malt in the front and the hops in the back.

Even carbonation and well balanced.

Overall, a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of hophugger
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes along a slightly fruity and bready taste, but the star by far is the hops. Bold hop flavors come across boldly but not too much as to take away from the pale ale flavor that was expected. Good color and feels slight bitter on the palate but very pleasing. I rated this beer high because it is a well made, tasty beer. I agree that it should be on the top area of the beer ratings but don't take it too far, I've had better

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i have been wanting to try this beer for ages.

A perfectly balanced IPA that is flavourful and refreshing. It is not a hop bomb - but sometimes you just want a good tasting beer. This is a great example!

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Photo of beerpirates
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head.
Aroma is crisp, citrus, lightly floral, bitter.
Taste is hoppy and bitter, lemon rind, pine, spicy.
More bitter than the aroma may suggest. Not a lot of malt being highlighted here. Nice lacing.
Clean, crisp mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Really hop-forward. Tastes stronger than the ABV.
Definitely a well-made IPA but i had better

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The bottling date, “02/06/13,” is printed on the back label.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is gold that is leaning amber. A finger and a half of off-white head left a skim of foam, a ring around the edge, and trails of foam along the side.

Smell: Pretty tame, especially since “intense hop aroma” is used on the beer’s webpage. The grapefruit and pine resin are present and pretty sharp, but they are not overpowering and intense; I need to put my nose right up to the glass to sense them. Other aromas are pale malts, bready wheat, floral hops, and a little toffee.

Taste: This one is hard to pin down. The bitterness is unmistakable and dominant; the floral hops really excite the taste buds. A blend of floral hops, grapefruit, pine resin, and pale malts is noticeable, but not enough to provide balance. Hints of alcohol emerge, but they are fleeting.

Drinkability: “Enormous” and “intense” are not the right words for this beer. It offers a nice, gritty bitterness, but the flavor and aroma are not as pronounced as I thought they would be.

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours in hues ranging from burnt gold to amber with a pillowy head

S: Pretty straightforward piney hops aroma dominate, some malt

T: The inital hop bitterness was balanced out by creamy malt undertones, hop bitterness lingers one. As it warms a bit of grass becomes evidence, as does grapefruit, both on the palate and the mouthfeel (biting, acidic).

M: Starts off pretty creamy, but as it warms, becomes increasingly acidic.

D: A very nice example of the IPA style, if not mind blowing.

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Photo of Optimator
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to stonecrusher for recommending this one. Poured a rich, somewhat cloudy golden amber with a firm full head. The head dissipated rather quickly, leaving an appealing lace down the side of the glass. This beer had a wonderful hop aroma; slightly bitter, but not at all obnoxious. I also noticed subtle citrus and wheat components.

The first taste was quite good. It had a somewhat sweet initial flavor with a rather tame hop bite going down. This beer had a pleasant and surprisingly complex set of flavors for an IPA. Usually, I've tasted hops, more hops, or 'I can't choke this down anymore' hops, and nothing else. But this one was definitely the exception.

This was a good American IPA and for those who like the style will find this one extremely drinkable.

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Photo of cproioi
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper body with a white head that stood around 11/2 fingers and quickly subsided to a film over the top of the beer.

S: Pine cone earthy hops aroma comes to the nose very defined.

T: Very similar to the smell. Which is wonderful, a nice hoppy taste that invades your taste buds. Leaves a crisp clean hoppy finish.

M: Decent body with an average amount of carbonation. Very crisp beer.

D: Very drinkable. Every time I have a Two Hearted Ale it makes me want another one.

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Photo of koolkat
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice blonde with a minimal head. The Hops are rather noticible, but it isnt all that aromatic more of a nice bitter twinge at the end of the gulp.

here is a very slight DMS smell present but it isnt tastable possibly due to the hops. The hops are very well pronounced, but mostly in the bittering department.

As far as drinkability goes if you're a hophead this would be excellent as it has a nice bitter twinge and isnt heavy but if youre not a hophead I think that the hops might become overpowering after a bunch.

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Photo of paintedwall
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber color, nice off-white head, sufficient lacing.

Smell: Very floral, a bit fruity. This is a very hoppy beer, and you can tell from the first sniff.

Taste: This beer has a VERY floral taste, almost like the Bergamot of Earl Grey tea. It borders on pushing it too far, but it just stays within the drinkability boundaries. If you don't like hops, stay away from this beer.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly bubbly, light, refreshing.

While this beer is pleasant for one pint, I don't know that I could handle another. The flavors are very strong, and as I said, bordering on pushing it too far. It may be too much for someone who is not a hops-lover. However, this is a well-made beer, worthy of a try.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for hooking me up at the DFH Bocce Tourney.
Pretty decent head and nice lacing. The beer is brownish-gold and there is sediment floating about, I guess I should have poured more carefully. There is a somewhat oxidized smell with some citrus and floral hops. Tastes like it smells but with a nice grapefruit sort of bitterness in the finish. I would really like to grab some of this fresh as even an aged example is very tasty.

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Photo of Guzzler78
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange. unfiltered. A white head that leaves lots of lace.
Smells hops, floral, pine and of sweet malts.
Tastes very hoppy, hints of spice and citrus. A bitter hoppy aftertaste.
A light body and somewhat dry mouthfeel.
A solid IPA style, a good drinker.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle poured a hazy gold color with a white head and nice lacing on the glass. Mild citrus hop aroma. Sharp, tart, and bitter citrus hop taste. Very West Coast like IPA. It is possible that this bottle may have aged some. I wonder if a fresh one would bring out more in the aroma and flavor department?

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours half a fingers worth of white head, clear pale golden body. Some lacing with only a thin ring of head remaining.

Smells of citrus and floral hops, some carmel malts as well. Very clean and plesant smell.

Tastes of carmel sweet malts at first, some floral and citrus notes half way through and then a slight piney lingering bitterness. This is balanced for my tastes with the firm sweetness in the beginning.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fizzy prickly feel on the tongue.

Overall this is a very solid IPA, a good hop nose and taste, a touch of alcohol and a good firm sweetness keeps this in check.
$10 a sixer.

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Photo of cameraman
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden/amber color with an off whitw colored head. The aroma very complex, with citrus, pine, and earthy scents. The taste starts with a strong malt flavor, and it dominates the palate till the very end, when that expected bitterness caomes in at the end. A thin watery feel, very surprising, folowed by the strong presence of carbonation at the back of the throat. An incredible aroma, is let down by a mediocre taste and less than appealing feel, was very disappointed, but I will probably give this beer another try.

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Photo of Enola
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Bell's beer. The number on the bottle is 7139. The beer is a cloudy amber color. The head was minimal. The smell is sweet. The taste is verry hoppy. Sweet notes linger for a while. Bitter at first with a sweet aftertaste. The beer leaves a refreshing coolness in the mouthfeel. The drinkability is high but deffinatly not a session beer. I would drink it again if it were available in my area. I would love to have a cask version of this sometime.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very solid India Pale Ale. The pour is very smooth and hits the glass with a satisfying hiss that floats up to a loose, heady head. The smell is very authentically Midwest with more pines than citrus fruits. The mouthfeel is dry and satisfying. Drinkability is great with this one, be careful because you might just end up having more than you planned.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, dated 07/31/12, into a styrofoam cup. It's all the hotel had, so it'll have to do...

A - Pours a copper orange color, with a foamy off white head that sticks around for a while.

S - Aromas of tropical fruits like pineapple and apricot.

T/M - Not bursting with hop juice like the smell was leaning towards, but still pleasant. Bitter on the front, with a nice malt middle, and a pleasing hop aftertaste. Medium tongue-coating mouthfeel.

O - A solid AIPA for sure. Nothing over the top or over powering, just a great example of a well-rounded AIPA.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: straw/orange, hazy, effervescent; medium frothy white head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: big initial hit of piney/citrusy hops (grapefruit thanks to the centennial hops); sweet malts come through too. Not my favorite hop smell, but it smells pretty good here

Taste: pithy grapefruit bitterness right up front and dominates through until the end; finishes with a dry hoppy aftertaste; I prefer European hops, but this tastes pretty good overall

Mouthfeel: creamy, but thinner than I expected for the ABV

Remarks: great example of the style

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged in a 12 oz amber crown cap bottle
Served at fridge temp about 35F
Big, pungent hop aroma at the bottle neck
Pours with a thick body, producing a full off white head.
Appearance: Amber-orange, very slightly hazy, leaves an excellent lace.
Taste: Assertive citrusy bitterness dominates. Not as malty as expected.
Drinkability: Big hop load makes a good example of an American style IPA. Hop flavor apparent and balanced with the hop aroma, containing earthy and citrus components. Could use a little more malt flavor to enrichen it. Highly recommended for hop heads.

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Photo of walleye
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy golden with off white head, with some lacing. aroma, grapefruit, yeast, lemon, orange, hops, pine. flavor, orange, hops, supriseingly the grapefruit was weak compared to the aroma, floral. bells does it for me again. a good beer will buy again

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,333 ratings.