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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,276 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 3,276
Hads: 12,962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 797
Gots: 3,141 | FT: 51
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: 3,276 | Hads: 12,962
Photo of EveningCordial
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into pint glass.

A- Light orange with yellow hue. Not as dark as many IPAs. Nice one finger head, medium amount of lacing.

S- Wonderful. Many times I can tell if I'll really like an IPA by its smell and this one stood by that test. Lots of citrus and fruits on the hoppy nose this puts out. Grapefruit, mango, and orange up front with some floral and a hint of pine in the distance, just as one might expect from the strictly Centennial hops used in this one. Not much malt presence, but its there.

T- Awesome taste and smooth finish. Very juicy from the selection and amounts of hops used. Lots of citrus and pure juiciness in this fine ale. Just enough pine and bitterness in the finish to not let you get too carried away with how refreshing this tastes.

M- Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and fair amount of carbonation.

O- One of my favorite single hopped ales. Huge drinkability and very refreshing. 7% ABV is well hidden. Not much to say other than I will always get this when available in my area and its a must-try for any IPA drinker. (1,067 characters)

Photo of milkbaby9
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Sparkling clear gold with 3 finger white foamy head that stays around a while. Recedes to a 1 finger head leaving great lacing.

Aroma is all hops: grapefruit, fresh green vines, green pine needles, a touch of grass. Taste starts sweetly malty and builds up a spicy hoppy crescendo similar to the aromas, lotsa pine and bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit bitterness hangs on the roof of my mouth as the sweet malt lasts on and on with a touch of honey lemon.

Medium carbonation seems to increase the spicyness on the tongue. Relatively light bodied. Very drinkable as the sweet malt is strong enough to hold its own against the hops and bitterness.

2015 edit: Had fresher bottles of Two Hearted and it is a much better beer fresh than a couple months old! Had to update my ratings. Totally delish! (843 characters)

Photo of sjdevel
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look:
There is plenty of foam when poured from a 12oz. bottle (2 - finger head). It is a nice clear yellow / gold color. It remains quite effervescent and continues to lace after the head fades out.

Smell:
Very strong fruity floral hop scents and tartness. There is a slight tart aroma as well.

Taste:
There is an immediate hop bitterness that bursts out at first. Soon after the initial bite, a smooth and sweet yeasty taste fades in. This is a rich malty and fruity flavor that doesn't stick around for long as there is another phase of hop tartness and a very full floral rush, followed by a dry finish.

Feel:
This beer has a low-medium body that has a medium dryness on the tongue.

Overall:
This is a great, and I mean great, IPA. I didn't believe the hype about this beer as it is one of the top rated IPAs around. I grew up in Michigan and never had any of Bell's beers when I lived there (very sad now) but am glad to have tasted a few on my trip to visit family. I would definitely buy this (and even order online and have it shipped) as I think this is what an IPA should taste like. Its not crazy bitter (IBU) or overwhelmingly floral-hoppy, but a great all around full flavored and well balanced IPA. (1,224 characters)

Photo of eepound2
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer that I drink pretty regularly. One of my favorite go to IPAs. Pours a nice color and a decent head. The smell is very good, zesty citrus which is one of my favorites. Taste is very much full of those same notes as well. Always a good beer to drink (272 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A thick white head that will eventually leave thick lacing all the way down the glass sits atop a truly pale ale.

S- Floral hop nose wafts out of the glass resembling rose petals. I've compared it to laying in a wonderful flower garden, eyes closed, just breathing.

T- Flavors of candied orange citrus, a quiet pine note, and a beautifuly bitter finish that never overwhelms.

M- Carbonated, but not overdone. Sooo smooth.

D- I can and have drank this for hours on end.

This has to be one of the best single IPAs on the planet. Holy and consistant. (555 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work. Two Fridays in a row that someone brought beer in, and this time we got Bell's!

Appearance: Semi-hazy amber orange, with small head retention.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine, with some mild malt undercurrents.

Taste: Ah, the centennial hop! Mostly grapefruit bitterness, but the bitterness is not overpowering in any way. Maybe some slight lemon or orange flavors to round out the overall citrus taste. The malts are there and provide backbone, but really are not sweet at all, maybe almost slightly sour.

Feel: Medium bodied but fairly light for the style. Medium carbonation, with a bone dry finish.

Drinkability: As far as I am concerned, this is the most drinkable IPA ever brewed. It is neither too bitter as some IPAs are, nor too light so I get bored of the flavor. (833 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to limesmut for this one!

A: Slightly hazy amber with a 2 finger white head.

S: Nicely floral and aromatic. Slight toffee sweetness. Very nice.

T: Floral, piny hops. Definitely some grapefruit. Bit of a nice hop juiciness, with nice balance from a touch of caramel and toffee.

M: Just the right fullness with a good crisp finish and a nice lingering bitterness.

D: Extremely good.

Highly recommended. One of the best single IPAs I've had outside of California. (474 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful golden yellow that produced a plentiful white head that slowly receded to a pool leaving minimal lacing
S: Citrusy and piney, otherwise known as delicious
T: hard to desribe but it starts with a sweet citrus flavor, goes a little piney, then has a little spice. It finishes with a sweet and spicy aftertaste that leaves the mouth coated. Very good
M: Not too heavy and not too light with a just right amount of carbonation
D: It's a beer I'd drink in place of water. it tastes like pliny the elder but it is much more available

Overall: very good IPA with plenty of hop flavor and bitterness with just enough malt sweetness to keep it in check. I'd recommend this beer to anyone that likes IPAs. (709 characters)

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7463 on the label - Pours a hazy orange shade with some suspended yeast particles and an epic white head that sticks around forever. Nose is ...oh man ... hops are superbly aggressive here. Citrus, piney, and ever so slightly sweet. Can they bottle this aroma and sell it in a spray like Febreze? One of the best smelling beers I've enjoyed in a long while. Palate is a hop paradise ... pine and citrus combine with an incredible sweetness and texture that almost brings a tear to the eye. This may well be the best balanced AIPA I've ever had ... could the hop/malt ratio be better? Doubt it. Mouthfeel is soft, thick, and luxurious. Medium bodied. Lingering sweetness and absolutely amazing hop tastes linger in the mouth long after each sip. Where do I begin with one ... you simply must have Bell's Two Hearted. I don't know why it's called Two Hearted and I don't know why there is a fish on the label, but I do know it's the best AIPA I've ever had the pleasure of consuming ... and one of the overall best beers made in the USA. More than recommended. (1,064 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Big Muddy Pub in Alton,Illinois for the first time about three weeks ago.Easily one of my top two favorite beers on Earth right now.

A-Golden,slightly orange with a beautiful
two finger,stark white, pillowy head.Impressive
lacing for the duration of the pint.

S-Probably the highlight of this beer for me.The
Centennial hops are unmistakable.Pineapple,persimmon and fresh
hops on the nose.Even more exotic fruit notes
that I can't pinpoint.

T-Everything you would expect from the nose.This beer is an exercise in simplicity but still delightfully complex.Fresh fruit juice sweetness balanced perfectly with hoppy bitterness and light caramel malt.

M-Full,oily and satisfying.

D-This is a dangerously drinkable beer and it definitely belies it's 7% ABV.Easy to get caught up and drink a sixer. (812 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color with lots of tiny suspended particles, a nice off-white head, nice active carbonation, and good lace. Intense citrusy hop-pellet like aroma -- fresh !! Nice hoppy flavors; not really bitter; nice resiny character. Light-medium bodied with a light dry hoppy finish.

Awesome fresh hop monster ! Pricey but worth it. My favorite Bell's brew so far and the best IPA I've had in a long time.

Per BB website: OG 1.058 & 7% ABV.

Batch # 7754 ('6329' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 02/15/07

($8.49 / 6-pack) (526 characters)

Photo of wallaceandvomit
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had a Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA earlier in the day. i'll compare the two. i found these two beers to be somewhat similar both in appearance and smell. two hearted being less fruity but both give off an herbal shampoo scent. both had a nice golden orange color but Torpedo had a noticibly longer last large head and more lacing.
overall i think i like this beer more than Torpedo but it will take future tests to confirm that.
a-golden orange, nice head, lasted a while
s- hops and flowers with a hint of citrus
t- same as smell
m-nice thickness and oil texture
d- definitely try this. i will be drinking this pretty often. (622 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brwerey less then a week ago. Poors in with a nice head and stays forever. Beercolor is gold but clouwdy.
Nose is quiet exceptional and it's just like hanging your nose in a bag( of very fine) hop. Further hardly anything noticeable but hey as fresh as a beer can get! Taste is almost identicly, hops, hops & more hops. Could have litle more body but hey I'm fine with just hops! Mouthfeel is off course also incredible and hey I could drink this all night long! (482 characters)

Photo of wardough
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's ridiculous how good this is. Upon opening, it smells like an orange tree just planted itself in the house. Cloudy amber with a nice head that remains with the beer. Taste is well balanced malts, caramel, and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is low carbonated, but smooth. I could drink these all night. Well done Larry (this is my first 2 hearted...and I grew up in Michigan...I should have tried it earlier). Seek this out. (421 characters)

Photo of grego
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle I got from Westy's outside of Harrisburg PA. It's sort of a golden amber with a smallish head that lingered for a while. Nice lacing throughout. The smell is great with lots of pine, citrus, and a little honey. Very balanced. The taste is much like the smell lots of citrus, pine, and some clove as well. Not too bitter but not sweet at all. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry at the end. This is a very drinkable beer. The kind of AIPA that you can have many of. Definitely one of the best AIPA's I have ever had. Really perfect for the style. Very hoppy but not stringently bitter - nicely balanced. Great beer. (643 characters)

Photo of ChrisA
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Mellow Mushroom in Indy for staying late and pouring me an extra pint of Two Hearted. I could still taste it in the morning. I have heard fabled stories of this fine ale and may now report back that they are legitimate. One of the best IPA's I have ever had. It made the Alpha King that I tried after it pale in comparison. Wish I could get this out in Colorado. This is a definite hophead's favorite!!! (417 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Hearted Ale pours a hazy, burnt orange color and is capped by a big frothy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Pine and citrus aromas explode from the glass and are underlined by hints of tropical fruit and a slight malt sweetness. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors meet a nice malt backbone before finishing with a somewhat piney flavor. Medium body and medium-light in carbonation, Two Hearted Ale is very well balanced and a great example of what an IPA should be.

Cheers! (502 characters)

Photo of escapegoat
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had countless times in bottle and on-tap. Based on pour from 1/4 slim in my kegerator.

A - golden with thick white head. Solid lacing as head recedes.
S - Piney, floral scent over bread malt base.
T - Chalky, soapy overtones over bready, citrusy flavor. Nearly perfect except for the overwhelming chalkiness.
M - Very good - leaves you wanting more without being cloying.
O - One of my favorites. Not perfect, but as close as it comes. (437 characters)

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber with golden hues beaming all over. A firm bubbly white head appears about a half inch thick leaving a nice lace. Aromas of piney, resiney, and citrus hops along with light malt dominate. Initially this beer hits up front with sweet citrusy hops and a caramel toffee malt body. Following, more hops just come into play leaving a zesty piney flavor that just lingers on the tongue. This beer finishes hoppy and sweet, with some more zest and yet a final lingering bitterness that just makes it perfection. The body to this beer is light while it has a crisp carbonation that just keeps this beer refreshing. Overall a wonderful brew. (656 characters)

Photo of johnd513
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing this beer from the bottle but I am also a big fan of the mini kegs which my family traditionally gets around Christmas time. This beer pours an amber color with a huge thick creamy white head. Smells and tastes citrusy (and of course hops!). Orange flavors are present as well as a wonderful chewy hop flavor. The drinkability is high on this one. I could easily drink three of these but the abv is too high for it to be a session beer for me. This beer is very well balanced and has a clean taste to it. This is a beer that I go back to more than others. By far one of my favorite IPA's. Highly recommended. (623 characters)

Photo of jonziefle
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a honey colored amber, almost completely clear. Plenty of visible carbonation. Three finger white pillowy head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Strong nose of sweet floral and citrusy hops, with a pine and grapefruit as well. Bordering on syrupy/resiny and above average sweetness. Little in the way of malts.

Taste: More mild hops flavors than in the nose and well balanced with a malt body. Sweet grapefruit and pine hops in the beginning, with a good malt middle, finally ending with lingering pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Some hop bite.

Drinkability: An excellent IPA. Excellent hop profile in the nose. More mild hops in the taste, but decently balanced. Not overly bitter or harsh like some IPAs. Very good.

Buy Again? Yes. (775 characters)

Photo of chopp02
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! It is the right mix of affordability, accessibility, and flavor! If you are looking to enter the world of craft beer tasting, Two Hearted is the perfect introduction! (184 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't reviewed this one yet??? Let's change that...
Heavily clouded peach-orange body. Alpine-esque head never recedes past the 3/4" mark. Massive, thick, sculptable.
Grapefruit hoppy resinous nose. Not quite eye-watering, but fairly intense.
Bitter as hell.
Searing concentrated grapefruit, sprinkled with alum and pine needles. Metallic notes as well. The hops have come to play. The big malt body helps balance. It mostly just adds heft, but brings with it some faint toasted toffee notes. Tangerine is thrown in here as well, adding some fruity sweetness. Almost sugary at times. Yeast is a major player here too, as with most of Kzoo's stuff. There is plenty of weird shit going on in the background. Veggies? Gravel? Dandelions? Socks? Cardboard? These could almost qualify as off-flavors, but they are only ephemeral, quickly crushed under the hop tidal wave. They do, however, keep this from scoring a perfect 5 taste-wise.
Hefty bodied, with tons of amphetamine-riddled tiny bubbles. Absolutely perfect for a big IPA.
Has been, and will continue to be right near the top of my list. (1,103 characters)

Photo of sorryaboutbrooks
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great IPA. In my opinion the best way to describe this beer is very well balanced. The hop presence is strong, but the body of the beer is a perfect match to create a fusion between hop and sugars for a homogeneous beer. Does that even make sense? I dunno, but this is a great IPA I would recommend it to anyone! (322 characters)

Photo of kwakwhore
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap pours a beautiful golden orange with a smallish white head. Citrus pine aromas dominate the smell. Beautifully balanced combination of sweet malt with an understated hop bitterness in the flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel. A wonderful example of a session IPA with very high marks for drinkability. My first Bell's beer, but it certainly won't be my last.
On tap at Howard's Pub 11/27/09
Simply outstanding. The most citrus in an IPA I've ever encountered. Like eating an orange with peel attached. (502 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,276 ratings.