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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class
3,417 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,417
Ratings:
13,689
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

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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Reviews: 3,417 | Ratings: 13,689
Photo of markgugs
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, beer graciously provided by BA member "cardsmith"

A: poured a beautiful golden orange with a huge frothy, white head and a ton of lacing

S: as is the case with many top beers of this style, the beer gives off an ample floral aroma. I am definitely getting some slight citrus and/or coriander scents as well. Very appealing.

T: A gorgeous wallop of hops smacks your tongue right off the bat, then the malts slip in to balance the overall flavor, and everything finishes at once, like a perfectly timed meal. Hop lovers will definitely want to grab this beer.

M: Not a ton of body, a tiny bit thin, but overall very nice.

D: Now here is where this beer truly shines. The excellent taste + reasonable alcohol content + an amazing level of refreshing qualities makes this an all-day drinker. Wonderful beer that I could and would go back to time & time again.

Recommended.

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Photo of nathanrford
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer. At my local haunt they have an overwhelming number of beers on the menu. Any time the wait staff comes to the table and I'm unprepared to order I simply order this lovely Ale. The fruity, hoppy notes stand out and appear strong, but never overpowering.

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Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out deep golden orange. It developed a moderate head that settled back down to soapy bubbles that stuck to the side of the glass nicely..

Flowery citrus hops with a slight malt.

Tasted like fresh cut grapefruit, flowers, and a hint of malt in the backround.

Mouthfeel is great with good carbonation. Has a grapefruity aftertaste that I love.

It's an excellent example of the IPA...This is a "go to" beer in my fridge. I love it!!!

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

176th Review
Served in a half pint
On-draft at the mothership itself in Kalamazoo!

From notes.

A: Hazy orange with golden tint depending on how the light hits the glass. 1.5 (white) fingernail head.

S: Pungent (earthy) hops, sweet malt backbone, citrus, pine, and caramel. Hidden fruit esters linger on nose, but this balances so nicely with the hop and malt characters you just want to dive in and find out what this beer is all about.

T: BOOM! Hops burst forth as soon as this liquid hits the palate, but its perfection does not stop there. The bitterness and malt tango is so well executed there is negligible room to find criticism. Notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit, and caramel sweetness accent the hop profile as this beer is brilliantly well-rounded.

M: Medium bodied (creamy) with moderate carbonation.

O: This beer is quite tasty all-around. Not too much to say other than that. I've had bad experiences with bottles of this, but if you can get this on-tap and fresh, it is worth seeking out. By far my favorite offering from a short visit in Kalamazoo. Cheers Bell's!

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Photo of yusef
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a British nonic pint glass

A: pours a hazy golden orange color with a huge white fluffy head. good amount of carbonation streaming from bottom and patches of bubbles stuck to side. lots of sticky lacing

S: one of my favorite parts of this beer. great citrus smell with a lot of pineapples. hops and sweet malt. no alcohol is detective.

T: lots of hops, citrus and piney. taste is what i would consider a west coast style, where the hops are the star of the show with a solid malt backbone. great hop bitter finish.

M: medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. very smooth and refreshing

O: great representation of the style and one of my consistent go to beers. this beer and sculpin are probably my 2 favorite IPA's that are available in my area. also bells bottle dates each beer so i never have to worry about getting an old batch.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Bright orange with a pretty hazy transparency. Head pours around a 1 finger width with excellent lacing and head retention.

Smell - Sweet Toffee, Caramel, and Floral Hops. There's also some sweet yeasty and malty notes in here too. The overall sweetness also has a bit of a fruitiness to it, which is unusual considering the overall composition of the smell.

Taste - Sweet Citrus Hops, Biscuits, Toffee and Caramel with a slight bitter floral hoppy kick. The maltiness is also very well balanced and yet you can notice it at the same time, which makes an even great tasting beer even better

Mouthfeel - Body is very light and feels very crisp and refreshing! Carbonation is well balanced enough that it helps add to the overall flavor. When it comes to IPAs, they really don't get much easier to drink than this!

Overall - The flavor is sweet, well balanced and most importantly, enjoyable! The palate is also very well balanced, crisp and refreshing. You really cannot go wrong with Two Hearted Ale, it is that good!

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Photo of BMan1113VR
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great brew. Aroma is heavy hops with apple and a dash of oak. Pours a dark yellow with a frothy off-white head with excellent lacing. Taste is beautifully IPA with a nice bitter finish over its long duration. Light to medium body, creamy mouthfeel with something just south of lively carbonation. A nice warming finish. Leaves me feeling exceptionally refreshed, I could drink a lot of this stuff!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Bright yellow with a slight ruby tinge. Little head that sticks nicely to the side of the pint glass. Smells floral and moist.

Taste is awesome. Strong hops flavor -- seems like a good mix, rather than the mostly-piney IPAs I've been having -- fruit and floral and maybe a touch of honey. Surprising sweetness to balance the hops. Delicious. Damn I wish I could find this here.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Very drinkable. Dangerously so, in fact.

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Photo of teovaldi
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Golden/Light amber. Nice head that fades slowly leaving beautiful lacing. Beautifully unfiltered.

S- Grapefruit/Hops

T- Grapefruit hoppiness with a citrusy finish. Not too strong or light...an excellent combo. This is 7%?

M- Good carbonation, coats the tongue.

D- My favorite beer, a great American IPA that isn't radical. Quite easy to put down a sixer- be careful.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This looks like a golden hazy beer with a nice billowy head on it that leaves some great lace on the sides of the glass at the beginning and throughout the drink in the entirety. It smells like hops and malts, very sweet, but a definite hoppy odor. It tastes hoppy but very sweet as well, just a touch bitter. I think this would be the perfect thirst quencher after doing something like mowing the lawn on a hot day. Can drink this all day.

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Photo of xabyss
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It’s been too long since I’ve had a damn fine IPA. So, let’s have a damn fine IPA. Two Hearted Ale pours a hazy dull copper with half a finger or less of foamy white head that's quick to dissipate. Loads of citrus and pine hops on the nose. Herbal and earthy in the hop profile as well. Simple, clean and... whatever the smell equivalent is for "tasty." A very hop forward brew, no doubt, but the balancing power of its smooth malt backbone cannot be overstated. The finish has hints of citrus, lingering malt and then a swooping bitterness comes in to wipe the palate clear. Exquisite. Goes down way too smooth for its 7% ABV.

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Photo of CHickman
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a small off white head; smells very hoppy and sweet with a great floral hop aroma that is quite strong in a very good way.

Tastes sweet and hoppy with floral hops, pine, malt, light spices, grass and citrus. Could be some other flavors like nutmeg mixed in, but the floral hops dominate in a nice balanced way. Very light and crisp with an overall floral hoppy taste that finishes dry and leaves a very nice hop taste.

Brew has good sticky lacing as it goes down and overall is a very good beer! Recommend trying this beer and it goes down easy, has great flavor and the alcohol does not take away from the great taste.

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Photo of DudMan
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a hazy golden amber hue. Nice 2 finger head with great lacing. The smell is not overpowering on grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit and piney w a smooth, slightly bitter finish. Pretty well balanced. An easy drinking and delicious beer. Bells, I wish I could get this in NJ!

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Photo of rawthar
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

A- Nice amber, sandy color, transluscent, yet clear. The one-finger head doesn't last long, but the bubbly collar clings.

S- Killer hop aroma, equal parts dry pellets and juicy citrus. Reminds me of what a tangerine orchard would smell like at the first blossom of the year, with a bit of piney, grassy bite. Hints of sugary malts run right to the top of the nasal cavity. This is one of the best there is.

T- Definitely driven by the hops, but these hops create some complex flavors. The hints of citrus are still there, but the flavor doesn't exhibit quite the sweetness of the aroma. There's a bit of a cough syrup flavor hidden in there. If you like your hops bitter, you can find it here, but the balance here ensures you don't leave with a bitter look on your face.

M- A nice, smooth, creamy carbonation (almost like a Boddington's or Guinness) without that sharp edge that some of the more bubbly beers display.

D- Awesome at home for a single during the week, even better out at McShea's on draft for an extended drink.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Merlin's Rest.

This is a big, fat, juicy IPA with fruity, resinous hops galore resting on a bed of sweet malt. A serious IPA for serious IPA fans.

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Photo of tgorgz
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured it into a pint glass, and the head just billowed up- a good, thick two-finger head. It stayed for quite some time. Not super-hazy, but enough to qualify it as "opaque".

S: About what you'd expect from an IPA- flowery, with lots of citrus. I'm detecting lemon, melon, and other tropical fruits. I'm used to lemony scents from IPAs, but this one has something different- it's the distinct melon I'm getting from the nose.

T:Very "clean" tasting, lots of citrus at the beginning. As it moves back through your mouth, the lemon becomes more pronounced. It's not as strong in the melon as I was expecting based upon the smell, however. The ending is quite bitter, but not a much as some IPA's I've tried. I think it's a good thing, as the bitterness doesn't dilute the other flavours.

M: Not as thick as other IPA's, but very clean and refreshing. The lingering, subtle bitterness is quite welcome.

D: Very, very smooth- excellent drinkability.

Overall, fabulous IPA- what else would you expect from Bell's?

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Photo of Satsuma
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice amber color, slightly cloudy, with nice lacing.
Citrus and pine aromas dominate.
Wow, a wonderful balance of malt and hop flavors. Juicy citrus and floral hop flavors lead to a slightly sweet but very smooth finish.
Easy drinking with just the right amount of carbonation.
Exceeded my expectations. Definitely one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of jakester
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this as a single at UJ's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Date stamped on the label.

Pours a hazy gold with a slight orange tint. A big two fingered head of off-white foam forms on top, falling to a nice coating and a ring, with great lacing.

Aroma is grassy/citrusy hops, some pine needles, and clean, freshly baked biscuits, and caramel. This beer smells wonderful!

The first flavor is strong citrus/grassy hops, with notes of lemon and mowed lawn. There is a really good biscuity malt base to back up the hops, and a pretty big hop bitterness. Now I know why so many people like this beer! Aftertaste is floral and grassy, with a lingering bitterness and a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a very nice texture for an IPA. Carbonation is soft, and the finish is long and bitter at your throat.

This has to be one of the top five IPA's in the country. Smooth, delicious, very well balanced, with a great hop character. Awesome in every way. Can't detect alcohol, even as it warms. Highly recommended.

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Photo of king75
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- a light golden color, with about a one inch white foamy head.

S- pine and citrus, along with some hops

T- Wow this is good, has a nice bitter bite up front with the pine and hops coming through. Then finishes smooth and crisp with a nice clean citrus end.

M- definitely leaves a nice puckering of the cheeks.

I really like this beer. I had heard good things and this one lived up to the hype. Drinkabiltiy would be higher but after a 4-5 of these you'd be gone.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a hazy gold color with plenty of visible carbonation and topped by a thin, white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Aroma:
It's intoxicating! A sweet, malty base supports tons of citrus. Not much here in the way of hops except for faint pine notes.

Taste:
Simply put?.. Epic! Up front, you're treated to a bouquet of sweet, tropical fruit and a bit of malt that concludes with the perfect amount of bitterness and some grassy hoppy goodness. Incredibly balanced. Incredibly delicious!

Mouthfeel:
Despite its presentation, there is hardly any noticeable carbonation from this medium-bodied beer.

Overall:
This is a personal favorite of mine and a frequent visitor to the shelves of my fridge. It should be a frequent in yours too!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Trying to ween myself into more hoppy beers, let's see how it goes.

Pours a pretty goldenrod yellow with a finger of white frothy head and excellent lacing. Smell is extremely floral/herbal hops, some light tropical fruits and a faint hint of malt. Taste is more of the same, this is certainly the hoppiest beer I've ever tried, which isn't saying much, but it hit my tongue pretty hard. As it warmed it became significantly more balanced, however, with the malt bill balancing out the extreme hops. I can see why hopheads would worship this beer, it has a lot going for it, but I don't think I'm quite there yet, still glad I tried this, I will certainly revisit it when I think my palate is a little more mature.

Update: So young, so naive...This has become my hop-craving stand-by. So expertly crafted and so good at what it does and just sublime on cask. This. is. beer.

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Photo of rmolledo
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pumpkin Pie/Copper in color with a small white head. Decent Lacing.

S: Sweet Malty. Alcohol tingle. Beautiful Earthy/Floral Hop Aroma.

T: Nice and Sweet not overly bitter but a dryer finish. I get a Earthy piney Hop flavor and a complex malt flavor.

MF: normal carbonation level for an IPA. has some nice body.

D: An excellent IPA. Probably in my top 5. Doesn't taste strong but gives me a warm buzz before i'm halfway done (empty stomach).

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Photo of marcobrau
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My Bell's Two Hearted Ale was bottled on July 21, 2005 .. and it shows! As I pour this golden brew into a straight-sided pint glass, I can't help but notice the massive hop aroma; a pine forest full of aroma, accented by a little citrus. the carbonation seems good and the beer displays a good head of foam that settles to thin layer, leaving lacing down the sides of my glass. Love that hop aroma! As a homebrewer, I'm guessing that Bell's added a lot of Centennial hops late or after the boil. After smelling hops, I get to taste 'em and the resiny hop flavor nearly overcomes the presence of some good honey-ish malt and slightly toasted malt flavors. All of this leads to a big bitter finish. Perhaps not the most complex IPA, but when consumed this fresh this beer is a joyous hop explosion!

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Photo of Darkale
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to try this beer for a long while, but it has only recently become available in Virginia. To celebrate its arrival in the Old Dominion, I have poured it into my etched Monticello stein, in honor of one of the commonwealth's most famous sons.

It's a slightly cloudy beer, brassy in color, with a thin and resilient head and thin trails of lace. Its aroma is similar to DFH 60 minute, but finer, more delicate, and eminently floral. Marvelous in the mouth -- chewy, with slightly burning grapefruit and pine nicely offset by malt... my word, my word, was this worth the wait.

After you swallow, your mouth tingles slightly, and it seems that the beer is now coming out of your salivary glands! Which is far more pleasant an effect than it probably sounds.

I keep coming back to the word "delicate." That's a strange word, considering that this is such a hoppy brew. But it is, it is delicate. Perhaps balanced is a better word. This is very nice. As it warms, it becomes even more complicated.

This is far too drinkable. I don't usually find beers that make that characteristic so easy to score. I love a moderately-alcoholic IPA that still manages to slap you around a bit. Only, this beer is like being slapped by the most beautiful person you could imagine... and wanting more!

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.57/5  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.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,417 ratings.