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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

12,247 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 12,247
Reviews: 3,283
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 726
Gots: 2,499 | FT: 45
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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Ratings: 12,247 | Reviews: 3,283
Photo of dasenebler
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange, with a touch of copper. Nice medium head, creamy white with some good lacing.

Aroma is floral and citrusy. A bright and lively hop nose: just what I want in an IPA.

Flavor is similar to aroma. Lots of hop flavor, and pretty dry as well. Although the malt profile is dry, there is a huge juiciness from the hops in Two-Hearted: lots of peach and apricot, to me at least. This is a West-coast IPA for sure, but with a different flair than some of the old standbys. Unique. Malt backbone is medium. A much lighter-bodied IPA than I was expecting, but still solid. Extremely refreshing and drinkable, even at 7 percent.

This is already a well-recognized IPA, and I'm just confirming its greatness. Delicious.

Photo of bobhits
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is personally for me one of the stand out IPA's in the world and i'm a huge fan of IPA's. I often underrate them because I simply expect way too much, so I'll try to be fair.

Every part of this beer just works together in a rather amazing way. It's beautiful to look at, the carbonation which gives it an amazing lacing and solid head then goes on to give it a wonderful carbonated mouth feel. The aroma is powerful and quit nice. Lots of citrus grape fruit. The taste is up there with the best, I could go for a bit more hops and a touch less malt but more of preference than a flaw. Finally, this is a beer I want to session..you know till I realize that is actually does contain alcohol...a good bit as a matter of fact.

The best IPA out there? I'm not going that far but of the ones I can easily get it's in the to 3.

Photo of whynot44
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium bodied, cloudy honey color with a substantial, lasting white head.

Aroma is intensely hoppy - grapefruit, pine, orange, fresh grass - with a biscuity malt base.

Taste is along the same lines. Starts with a definite bready, biscuity malt but then taken over by some of the best hop flavors to be found, definite citrusy grapefruit, herbal, piney, etc., aggressive but very crisp, fresh and pleasant. Definitely for hops lovers but very well balanced.

Good stuff. I want more!

Photo of JakeEngland
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pmcadamis
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bubbling orange brew with a solid three finger whipped cream head that has great staying power. This beautiful long-lasting head reduced around the edges while leaving a mesa of foam in the center of the glass, buttloads of candy lace are left in it's wake. It looks like the mashed potatoes from close encounter of the third kind. "This means something."

I smelled a big wallop of hop grapefruitiness as soon as I poured this one! Thats great! I'm also picking up some lemon, biscuity malt, and some sweet floral notes.

This one is heaven for a hop lover like me! Highly hopped, but not puckering by any means. The sweet biscuit malt from the smell pulls through in the taste also. I'm reminded of tart lemon-flavored cookies. This is bright and hoppy but pleasantly warm and richly malted at the same time. I really like this.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that makes for a highly drinkable and thirst quenching brew. This one is smooth going down with an extremely dry and bitter finish.

Overall, this is a great IPA for hop-heads, and might also appeal to those who are looking to try something hoppy without getting their tongue seared. I really like the fact that a beer that is so hoppy can be so warm and inviting, not to mention EXTREMELY drinkable, at the same time. This beer has great balance of character, and I will definitely pick this up whenever I see it!

Photo of IPA_Dude
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, what a friggin' enjoyable brew (and i'm not the world's biggest ipa fan, either)! this one just looks remarkable. it pours a cloudy orange with a massive monstrosity of a head. thick and creamy as hell...just spectacular, really. the smell is front and back loaded with hops...lots and lots of hops. interlaced are some malt, bread and fruit smells with hints of spice as well. the taste is quite nice, with the hop flavour much more subdued that the smell would lead you to believe. this goes into a nice sweet fruitiness with some welcome cream flavouring and finishes quite dry. this one is smooth as can be and is most enjoyable. a great first brew for me from bell's.

Photo of dontpanic5
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours with a golden body and ticket white head. Head retention is very nice. The smell is a comforting hop blanket of the American variety. The taste is phenomenal, very smooth but also no slouch in the hops department. Mouthfeel is great and overall just a great beer.

Photo of dfillius
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

This beer and Icthyosaur Pale turned me on to hoppy beers several years back. I'm revisiting it to review it now.

A: Aggressive pour yields 1.25 fingers of dense sticky off-white head. Hazy copper color with particles in suspension. Pretty
S: Apparently all Centennial. I'm inclined to agree. Floral hops, some spicy and fruity alcohol, biscuity malt.
T: Great malt front with nice citrus hop bitterness. Hops are a tad perfumey but pleasant. Delicious!
M: Bitter, but very well balanced with a nice smoothness.
D: Very drinkable. Alcohol is so hidden. Delicious.

Photo of antoneloc
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zeckster
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So my friends and I had a 16 beer bracket of locally found beers. They had to come in 6 packs and be available at the start of the bracket.

Kalamazoo.

For me this won with a combination of

A - Top shelf. Golden color and nice bit of head. The lacing looked wondrous.

S - okay. a little smell of hop, but not overwhelming

T - Smoooth. Taste the hop and it chills out in your mouth.

M - Dry and crisp

D - I would like to say I could drink it all day, but totally not able to do it. Still its wonderful on a warm day.

Grab yourself a pack!

Photo of oelergud
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange transparent body. Great off-white rocky head. Amazing retention and clumpy lace.
Grass, flower, sweet hay, very well balanced with abit of butter.
Great taste, so full of flavor, sweet yet hoppy and spiced, perfect balance. Grass pine, flower and bread. Long balanced aftertaste, very delicious.
Moderate body, good coating, somewhat slick and rough.
Highly drinkable, great brew.

-Oelergud

Photo of reptile3141
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ekardz
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - 1/2 finger head, quickly fades leaving lacing. Hazy reddish/golden color. Cloudy, looks very inviting.

Smell - hoppy, citrusy, sweet, some pineapple/orange smell.

Taste - delicious strong hop flavor. nice sweet aftertaste. some piney notes. definitely blends well together.

Mouthfeel - very smooth/crisp. Not overly carbonated, medium body.

Drinkability - 7%, great amount of alcohol, obviously no burn, a great flavor, and even better taste. Will have this whenever I'm outside NY!

Photo of
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted poured into standard pint glass garners big foamy off-white head three fingers high. The color of the brew is lighter than one would expect from a big flavorful IPA, something almost close to a macro brew. One whiff of this lad and there is no doubt that Two Hearted is not some crappy macro brew. Fine white silky lacing is left on my glass as I sip away. An abundance of floral hops hits the nose hard. Two Hearted is one of the best smelling beers in all the land. The first swig of this brew and you will be about knocked over by the hop punch. Citrus and piney hop notes continue to evolve and make this one of the best IPA's available. Two Hearted has a level mouthfeel that easily hides the 7% ABV. The drinkabilitiy is dangerously smooth as Two Hearted has lead to too many rough mornings by people who have mistakenly made Two Hearted their session beer for an evening.

Photo of Hendry
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There is a lot of mention on the BA site about Bell's, both Hopslam and Two Hearted Ale are names that appear often. Thanks to Bunzilla, who packs a porch crushing box, hooked me up right!

Light copper color with a 1 finger head,nicely effervescent without being aggressive. Impressive lacing and a white cap that stays put.

The nose is one of subtlety: hops are apparent,sort of a lemon tinged aroma in there with some grassy pine notes along with a slight bit of malt.

Taste is also subtle, not necessarily following the nose however the lemony tones are in there and it is a crisp IPA for certain. Light to medium bodied without feeling or tasting watery, this one goes down the hatch very easily, leaving a slight bitterness that is pleasant.

Not a hop bomb, not a malt bomb: the end result is a nicely balanced IPA without any booziness. There is a subtleness to Two Hearted Ale that makes it very palatable and a smooth, easy one to drink. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Brams17
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a freshly tapped firkin. With a huge foamy frothy cream colored head. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is hoppy grapefruit malt caramel. Flavor is like aroma plus huge bittersweet. And caramel comes out too. Body is what you'd expect from this beer out of a firkin - low carbonation with full roundness. Finish is like flavor with a slow lingering sweetness that tapers off to a slight bitterness. Excellent beer. Session if you can get it.

Photo of mdcrouser
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love the look of this beer. Like the golden glow of a slowly fading sunset - this one just chose to stick around until the evening. The head starts at about 1/4", and dies down to leave only a light white lacing.

Sweetly hopped, with floral, citrus, and a hint of honey.

So wonderfully hopped - absolutely well-balanced and lovely - it's not a word I use often, but appropriate here. Reflective of the nose, with a touch of spice to close. Not heavy for an IPA though - just on the big side of a PA.

Great in the mouth - perfect subtle carbonation for this beer.

One of my favorite IPAs. Just an outstanding beer.

Photo of francisweizen
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome! This beer reminded me of Rogues 12PA and that is a good thing, as I love that particular beer from Rogue. This beer poured a very clear dark golden colour with a nice foamy head to it. This smelled of Grapefruit, Metal and Various Hops with some Tiny Malts in the background as well. This tasted very hoppy and rustic. The aftertaste was quite metallic as well as very fruity and grapefruit like. This beer had a very crisp, classic mouthfeel and a great drinkability as well.
My first beer from Bells and I am very impressed.
Many thanks to Sakaroo for the fresh sample!
Cheers!,
F.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My god - I'm so impressed I almost don't know where to begin...

The pour is very good - a bright golden color with a large, sticky off-white head. The head dies down to a small cap which leaves lots of lacing as you go through the glass...

The smell is quite hoppy - plenty of new mown grass and citrus in this one. A bit of toasted grain as well so it's not that one sided but it's primarily hops, hops and hops.

The taste is exquisite... I keep going back and forth between rating it 4.5 or 5.0 Since it's not completely perfect I'll give it a less than perfect score - but just barely (I wish there was a 4.75!) There's a pretty simple but honest malt base here - grain/fresh bread with a bit of sweetness. The hops are ever present and they are -huge- but more importantly they're not overpowering and it's incredibly smooth. When I'm disappointed by an IPA it's usually because the brewer seems to have thought "if I throw in too many hops, people will be impressed" leaving a very unbalanced brew. This, on the other hand, is an incredibly balanced brew - plenty of subtle, complex hops notes of citrus, herb and pine with a taste I don't quite recognize but there's no doubt it's a hop.

As if the taste wasn't good enough, the mouthfeel is complete perfection. Even with the billowy head there's still plenty of fine carbonation in the beer and it couldn't go down any smoother. The feel is somewhere between velvet and silk and it's all good. No oily residue. No bitter aftertaste. Very light feel. Amazing that it isn't on tap - I've never experienced a bottled brew that has this feel.

Drinkability is off the scale. I'm already checking Mapquest to find out how far to Kalamazoo Brewing (2288 miles) This is one outstanding beer.

[Many, many thanks to TikkiGodxxx for shipping this out West - I'm now officially hooked on trades!]

Photo of cjmccahill
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bone53
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2 week old bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: A beautiful hazy honey golden color. One finger soapy off white/light beige head. A ton of lacing. Probably the best looking IPA iv seen

Smell: Mellow but very clean. Floral notes such as earthy hops and tropical fruits. Almost smells like a juice to me. I pick up toasted malts in the back end as well.

Taste: Matches the nose with extremely clean flavors. Candied tropical fruits and sweet toasted malts that come through as well. The flavors linger on the palate, are superbly balanced, and the burps taste phenomenonal as well!

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Moderate bitterness yet very smooth. crisp and refreshing, especially for 7% abv.

Overall: This is one of my go to IPA's. It's very clean, refreshing, and drinkable yet all the flavors and aromas are there. I put this right next to my favorites in the style, and right under my current favorite (Head Hunter). Most likely because I can regularly find both of these within a couple weeks of bottling, but fresh is key! Highly recommended!

Photo of MattyBones
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hand on a six pack of this after hearing so much about it, was a little scared that the hype may not live up to its reputation. Well, I must say it did live up to it and I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Appearance: A nice golden brown with a thin head. Very appealing to the eye.
Smell: Lots of things going on here, picked out some floral scents but couldn't really make out the rest. A hole bunch of smells coming out of this one, very pleasant.
Taste: Very nice bite from the hops but not overpoweringly bitter. Picked out some pine and a slight citrus taste. Very smooth and drinkable. Barely get the alcohol which could easily lead me to make this a session ale until I fall on my ass when I'm done.
Mouthfeel: smooth but coats the tongue to fully let you enjoy the beautiful mix of flavors, but doesn't linger too long to beat up the palette
Overall: I was very pleased to have finally tried this much hyped brew. Great mix of flavors with a nice clean finish that makes you want to go back for me.

Very interested in trying Hopslam after this.

Photo of raznug
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Two hearted pours a medium-dark orange color and is topped with a good solid 1” of white head that leads to lacing most of the way down the glass.
Smell: There is a nice blend of hops in the aroma of this beer grass, citrus, and pine hops are mixed in the nose.
Taste: The hops dominate the palate like it always does this is a darn tasty beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that when served the proper temp will stand out as one of the best brewed beers of this style in the world.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 12,247 ratings.