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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 therivler1
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, with a large and foamy head. Some of the head stayed around for the rest of the beer with moderate lacing.

Very fragrant, and I noticed the smell as soon as I started pouring.

Underwhelmed with my first sip. Can definitely taste the hops, but not overpowering. I need to remember that this is not an Imperial IPA, so for a regular IPA it is quite good. I could have a few.

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Photo of gabemasiulis
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A) Golden with an off white head. Medium sized bubbles, good retention, the head peaks a bit in the glass.

S) Strong smell of Citrusy Centennial hops, overpowers the scent of any malt profile that may be present.

T) High and sweet up front, citrusy next, with a thick leafy dry hop taste, followed by a bit of a spicy finish.

M) Creamy up front, thick with hops throughout.

D) Last time I had this, it was in a 16 gallon keg. 'nuff said.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let's start with the fact that this brew is an IPA in everything except labeling. Going from that starting point, I'm rating this ale as the IPA it so definitely is. Of course, I'm not a real hop lover and have been off IPA's for most of a year now.

Pours a orange/golden amber with a 1" off-white head that drops to 1/2" firm layer then slowly fades to a thick film. Good lace.
Smell is oh so hoppy, floral, hint of malt with an almost piney scent like the northern Michigan woods you're supposed to be thinking of while drinking it.
Taste is hops, hops, floral & malt.
Crisp effervescence, medium body leaning towards the fuller side, warming. Curious as to how many IBU's this "ale" has. A good sipping kind of beer but not a thirst quencher.

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Photo of Impsonsay
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a 13oz mug

A: Pours a light goldenrod color with thick lingering head that grasps tightly along the sides of the glass.

S: Strong hints of hops and citrus

T: Strong hop and citrus bitterness. I can't help but be reminded of the taste of a gin and tonic... only with hops of course.

M: A bit thin feeling in the mouth, but strong bubbly carbonation sings in perfect harmony with the taste and smell of this brew.

D: This is a beer that made me see IPA's as something to be savored instead of my previous thoughts as just being a "sour beer".

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 03/12/12

Murky, golden with a small eggshell white head is short but dense and leaves some decent lacing. Props for a cool label.

The fruits are big and sweet and it’s the first time I can say I’ve described an IPA as peachy, so points for being unique. Big fresh peaches and apricots plus the a little bitter citrus, i.e., grapefruit.

Smooth and fruity, on the sweet side for an IPA but it's not saccharine; i prefer more bitterness.

On the slicker side, not too dry, and again, it's a little sweet. Lots of carbonation.

Very drinkable. While I’m used to, and I think prefer, an IPA that’s a little more bitter, clean, and crisp, it’s pretty good; they have a unique thing here. Looking forward to having the Great Lakes IPA right after this to get more of a sense of what the Midwest has to offer to the IPA world.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Ipa orange color with a nice white head. Not a lot of classic IPA smells going on here. Great bitterness on the tounge with an outstanding malt balance. Resin oils and sweet apricots abound. This is a great tasting Ipa with exceptional balance. Would like to session these very soon.

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Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Dark yellow with an orangish hue. great fluffy white head. pretty cloudy which takes away from it in my eyes

S: Wow, this is an amazing floral bouquet coming from this one. There must have been some serious dry-hopping goin on here

T: Heavy on the hops, I would have liked to see more on the flavor but the focus seems to shift towards the bittering hops. Finishes clean and has a decent malt backbone but the hop profile is clearly where this beer is focused.

M: pretty standard, on the lighter side. does finish dry and clean

O: this is a good IPA, its reputation may be better than the beer itself but I liked it and would definitely try another.

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Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange, hinting at its citrus hop flavor and aroma character. I picked up a funny, damp smell that was a bit unusual, nothing off-putting though. Taste was full of sharp and crisp grapefruit, orange, and floral tones with the occasional tinge of grassiness (from too much dry-hopping?). Bitterness lingers a bit on the finish and mouthfeel runs a little light, but it works. Reminds me of a nicely dry-hopped homebrewed IPA. Very delicious, get some if you get the chance!

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Photo of zrab11
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Alittle cloudy with a orange tinge with nice 1 finger head. and Good Lacing

S- Citrus smell with a hint of hops

T- Has a slight bitter taste with a blast of citrus in the middle then a little hop tinge on the way down

M-medium body with good carbonation

D-Bought this thinking it was going to be a drainpour..was told it was really hoppy and tried this back when i didn't like IPA's but this beer surprized me. Very Drinkable for an Ipa and its bitterness and citrus combine great and neither overpower each other. Id get this beer again and again

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Photo of urwithdave
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my imperial pint glass

A- Orange and copper with a hint of a light brown. Two fingers worth of a nice foamy head. Retains 3/4/'' of head all the way down. Leaves nice lacing as well.

S- Hops and citrus....mainly grapefruit. A slight hint of flowers thrown in the mix.

T- It's a little more maltier than I expected. I get the citrus, again, mostly grapefruit. The hops aren't really jumping out on me to much with this one. I'm also getting another flavor that I can't quite pinpoint....maybe apple???

M- Very thin not much carbonation here.

D- I could drink it all night. Goes down SUPER easy. Overall pretty good beer.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a marigold yellow into a pint glass with a large white head and lacing that lined the glass

Smelled of biscuit malt, slight metallic tinge, grapefruit and pine

Tastes like biscuits, pine, citrus grapefruit and orange, very bitter, slight metallic flavor also. This is a not a perfectly 'balanced' ipa, but I dont think that was the point to begin with. At 7 percent, this is a nice American IPA. The end taste is a slight bitterness which might be from boiling too many IBUs into this beer. Seems to have a similar chalky taste as I have seen in other Bells beers, but it is definitely a tasty IPA and would be easy to keep these on hand.

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This one poured out golden and super frothy into a standard pint glass, nice thick head to start which left remnants after each sip on the side of the glass. Aromas of pure citrus, limes, orange peel, some cloves with a taste to match. Nice hoppy balance, but not overwhelming like other IPA's I have tasted in the past. Perfect balance between citrusy hops and malts, medium bodied beer with a lighter mouthfeel and extremely easy drinkability. Hard to believe this is a 7% ABV brew, nicely covered up which makes this an excellent overall beer.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love an IPA and this is good one. Poured into a standard beer glass and was pleased by its creamy white head. Delicious hoppy aroma mixed with malt and orange peel.

A - light copper color, nice frothy, white head

S - Fresh florid, hoppy aroma with a hint of orange peel and malt.

T - Very crisp refreshing taste, great balance. Nice balanced hopping.

M - good carbonation level, nice medium-bodied ale

D - Delicious, refreshing, easy-drinking ale. Loved it

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold, almost going to orange. Cream colored head which is a bit less than 1 finger high. Sticky lacing lingers for a long time.

Aroma of orange and grapefruit. Some floral notes. Underlying earthiness.

Tastes of floral and earthy notes. Some hints of citrus. A bit of peppery spice on the end.

Medium body with some bitterness. Mild carbonation.

A very good, easy drinking IPA. I would have liked to have gotten more citrus in the flavors.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # on this beer was 9803, which translates to a bottling date of June 14, 2010.

Appearance: This beer looks incredibly promising when it is poured. It is a hazy golden orange color with a little more than 3 fingers of white head. Lacing looks great when it reduces; clumpy, fluffy, open and abundant that clings all over the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, pine, and floral hops are all interwoven together nicely in this beer.

Taste: I get pale biscuity malts and some citrus up front, with both pine and floral hops on the back end for nice bitterness. However, overlaying all of this and in some cases completely overpowering it is grapefruit. Honestly it almost tastes like grapefruit juice was poured into this beer as it was being bottled. I was initially intrigued by it because it ends up making this an incredibly bitter IPA. However, I ended up deciding that I wasn't a big fan.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Smooth and creamy with great fine carbonation. A really nice overall mouthfeel. Due to the excessive grapefruit taste I couldn't rate the drinkability higher that a 4, however. I can appreciate the bitterness of the beer, but I don't feel like it's bitterness from the hops as is the case with most IPAs. I'm of two minds (or hearts) on this one.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A wild, foamy white head erupts from the golden yellow body featuring hints of orange hue through the cloudy body.

The aggressive aroma features floral hops, pine, and hints of citrus.

Abundant hop bite, grass notes, and again slight citrus hints highlight the flavor.

The refreshing light to medium body accompanies the generous carbonation and overall pleasant feel to this beer.

Excellent brew, nice hop punch, but nothing overwhelming. Quite refreshing and worth another visit.

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

Pours a clear golden amber with a huge frothy pillow of a white head. Smells a little bready, buttery, hoppy. Tatses quite reasonable for an IPA, a style I admit I'm trying to open myself too. A little bit of buttery diacetyl up front is followed by a pleasant wave of hops. Some citrus and grass like hints follow the initial hop explosion. Mouthfeel is moderate. Lots of afterglow on the palate with this one. Emminently drinkable.

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

First tried this at a Michael Jackson beer dinner and then got a bottle in a trade.

Pours a dark amber to light copper color. Thick 2 fingered head lasted pretty long.

Piney hop aromatics dominate but there are some complex fruity esters in there to. Berries, Pear, and citrus notes.

Bitterness is up front . Slightly sweet maltiness with just a hint of caramel.

Medium bodied and very smooth drinking. A great session beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a thick white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of floral hops mostly with a little citrus.

Taste is of the floral hops on a bready malt backbone. This is not particularly balanced well, but I still find it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly crisp. It ends very dry though.

This is fairly drinkable, but the dryness does seem to be getting to me.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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!

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

12 oz bottle. Poured a golden yellow, with a massive cratered head that really lasted. Lots of sticky laceing on the glass. Aroma is all hops! Taste is a touch of citrus with a good hop flavor and a finish of hop bitterness. I'm not a real big fan of IPA's but this was suprisingly good. I couldn't sit and drink alot of these but this would be a good kick back sipping beer.

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

Poured into a snifter from a single 12 oz bottle bought at a local Whole Foods about 1 week ago. I have also had this on tap several times. Small head with minimal lacing. Not a lot of active carbonation. Turbid golden color that glows orange when held up to the light.

Smells of sweet citrus fruit - more of an orange rind than the more common grapefruit I pick up from IPAs. Some earthy, grainy malts. I'm picking up something a little of offputting that I can't quite describe(maybe oxidation).

Hops dominate the palate. Malts not very apparent. Dry finish. Hops don't linger.

Somewhat watery mouthfeel. Carbonation a little low from the bottle, but was more effervescent when I had it on tap.

I think overall an average IPA. This bottle may have been a little "off" judging by the low, inactive carbonation. I'm a fan of Bells (especially their Expedition Stout), but I was not very impressed with this beer even the several times I had it on tap. I'm surprised it ranks in the top 100. I have had many better IPAs.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at Monks Belgian Cafe in Philly.

Rich golden color with a nice white head that stays for a bit and laces nicely. Smells of sweet hops, a bit bitter with some bite. First drink was a lot of flavor, crisp and bold. There was some bitterness at first but it smooths out into citrus flavor. The hop flavor balances out with the citrus finish and the bitterness smooths out and add a nice crispness to the drink. Easy on the mouth and easy going down..

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

Pours from the funky fish bottle to a hazy golden-orange, with off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma is strongly hoppy, mostly floral and grass, with a hint of citrus. Flavor is much the same, with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Beer ends with a dry finish. All and all, a very enjoyable IPA.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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