Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,691
Reviews: 3,146
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 644
Gots: 1,944 | FT: 41
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of esv
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A) I gave this a slightly higher rating on appearance because I messed-up the pour, but there is no head. Light lacing.

S) Big, citrusy, hoppy nose.

T) Grapefruit beer. Grapefruit beer. Grapefruit beer. The malt takes a back seat to a nice, clean citrus, grapefruit hoppiness. Not overbearing, it doesn't shred the tongue but certainly bitter. This is a perfect american IPA.

M) Medium. Medium carbonation.

O) This is what I want in an American IPA. Enough malt to provide balance but it is in the background. So good. So good. I'd like to come back and re-review because I don't think the head got a fair shake.

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

Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates.

Bright gold, slightly couldy, dense white head (looks sticky) Head retains to the last drop & leaves unbelievable lace on the glass!

Nose fills with scents of pine, grapefruit, & lemon zest. All incredibly fresh smelling, completely balanced, & very inviting.

Some sticky sweetness up front, explodes into fruit salad! Melons, citrus, apples - absolutely amazing. A well hopped finish with notes of pine & lemon brings it home. Incredibly hoppy without ever becoming bitter. Medium bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation. A sublime quaffing experience.

Photo of RockerD
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This wonderful beer from humble Kalamazoo warmed my faux tulip glass with a rushing foamy head. It took about 2 minutes for the 2 hearted head to wane. It's rich slightly crepuscular singed orange color is luring me in. (as you can tell I've already fallen in love with this beer).

My nose is overwhelmed with rushes of floral and coniferous hops. Behind the tastefully put up hop wall you can smell high quality malts. Malts that you might smell in the best beers. The expensive kind.

Hints of orange, grapefruit and wildflowers dominate the tongue. Quite refreshing. Only slightly bitter. Has a nice little tingle in the aftertaste. Would probably go well with grilled fish or chicken.

I would suggest that maybe the yeast is the secret signature of this beer.

This is such a great everyday beer. It's my "session" of choice. It holds its own yet pairs well with most foods.

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4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Simple off-white colored head, gets close to one finger and runs off into a thin coating across the surface, the lacing shows more tenacity and stickiness. Red to brunt orange in color, takes on a more metallic yellow or rust cast around the rims, clear enough to watch the fat bubbles swim upwards. The nose offers up sweet pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus in spades, wheat, rye and soda bread notes, brawny apricot, peach, pineapple fruit scents, warm spring day explosion of fresh flowers, digs in without bruising. Medium-bodied, lively and energetic from the first sip to last, the carbonation dances a tango across the tongue. The pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus slightly more bitter here, just as much as an overpowering presence. Pretty peach, apricot, pear fruit, swells until pine sap, rye and granola in addition to a malt smoothness brings things closer to earth and elongates the experience into more than a series of punctuation marks. With each bottle it's drained before you think it's even half done.

Photo of Nate139
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a big white head that fades to a small layer and leaves tons of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is huge with tropical fruits, grapefruit, hops, and a malt sweetness in the back.

T: Tropical fruits and a grapefruit style bitterness on first sip. Big fruity hoppy bitterness and a nice sweetness on the finish. Very balanced and begs for another sip. Pretty refreshing and one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

M: The feel is on par with the style, crisp yet creamy.

D: I would buy this all the time if it was available in TX. Excellent example of an American IPA and very tasty.

Thanks to hayesez for hooking me up with this!

Photo of KLAYNE87
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/18/12. This is some fresh stuff right here! Poured into a Smuttynose Big Beer tulip. Wow! Gorgeous color on this IPA. One of the best I've seen for the style. Taste is amazing. Flawless really. Hints of sweet citrus flavors such as grapefruit and candied orange. The hops don't slap your tongue silly (I usually like that) but who cares when this beer tastes so good. Really refreshing and an easy drinker even at 7%. This beer also left some gorgeous lacing. This is my first from Bell's and I know I'm going to try more from them, not to mention purchase this beer again. Like a lot of reviewers before me have stated, the Bros really missed the mark on this excellent IPA.

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

Appearance: Tall, strong, meringuey ivory-yellow head that lasts quite a long time, and appears quite Belgian in structure. Body is orange and finely clouded.

Smell: Very yummy hops giving off a wide range of flavors - orange zest, lemon, mint, lavender, and a distinct, zesty note of ginger (very nice). Floral, citric, spicy - a bright and winsome hop bouquet backed by honey, gingerbread, and deliciously juicy caramel apple notes.

Taste: All those bright, tasty hop flavors from the nose are here, with an emphasis on orange. Despite hop dominance throughout, the sweetness adequately balances but never cloys, while providing a fruity, juicy sweet flavor. A hint of cinnamon and clove adds to the complexity and lush sweet-and-spicy character.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and medium bodied; well-tuned to the flavor.

Drinkability: Excellent, flavorful, balanced, robust, and of course, very drinkable.

Photo of chowe2101
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of icetraxx
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a little too slowly into my regular pint glass and produced a one finger head which dissipated into a half-finger head rather quickly. The head sits as a cap for the rest of the beer, producing a little lacing. The beer is a golden amber in color with some orange haziness. I think an IPA could look much better.
After have this one multiple times, on-tap and from the bottle, I feel that two hearted is too hazy for the style and overall lacks head retention compared to similar IPAs.

S: Hops and Sourdough bread-like malt. The hops produce a fruity sensation that reminds me of banana, flowers, a tinge of orange, and finally some maple syrup sap/resin like aroma. The malt reminds me of sourdough bread and popcorn, but not adjunct-like, more so the buttery aspect of popcorn. Not hugely aromatic, but not muted.

T: Buttery, sweet malt with a balanced upfront bitterness, then a crisp finish. A fruity yet floral flavor that is similar to the aroma I described above is definitely noticeable. As a new IPA drinker, the bitterness does not hang on the tongue like I thought it would; there is very little aftertaste which is nice. The hops seem to be balanced with the malt, I really like that.
EDIT: After considerable IPA tasting, I can see that Two Hearted is truly a world-class IPA with a world class flavor profile. Taste score raised to 5.

M: Creamy and viscous for being a light colored beer. Perfectly, if slightly, over-carbonated.

D: I am surprised how refreshing, yet warming this beer is. The crisp yet malty finish begs me to take another sip over and over again.
I am now convinced that this is the World's best session IPA (though with 7.1% alcohol one should be careful).

O: The first IPA that I have loved. Delicious and "moreish", a 12oz bottle is never quite enough. Thanks, Bell's, for enticing me to try more beers of the IPA style. Bell's Two Hearted is one of the few beers that really is more than the sum of it's parts.

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

A: Finger thickness of thick frothy head, patches of sticky foam along the sides of the glass, pale golden color with a slight orange hue - 4.50, S: Utterly delightful hoppy aroma, centennial hops rule - loads of citrusy smells with some nice floral aromas as well, balanced with some sweet malts - 4.50, T: Grapefruit and orange zest, a touch resiney and a hint of pine, solid hop bitterness, wonderfully balanced with pale malts, near perfect palate for an IPA - 5.00, M: A touch thinner than I might like, a little more body would be welcome though still very respectable - 4.00, D: Two Hearted was my go to beer for a couple of years and I still consider it one of if not the best examples of an American IPA, wonderful use of hops while not being overwhelmed, extremely drinkable - 4.75

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

I enjoyed this at The Heorot last Tuesday. This is a beer I tend to come back to more often than not. I enjoy the "back to nature" taste of this beer.

Appearance- A light caramel color, with a light, white foamy head.

Smell/Taste- I sometimes get floral overtones in both the smell and taste of this beer. This particular tasting was a little soapy (which had more to do with the glass than anything). However, it was still incredible as the flavorful beer over-powered the dish soap. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation, playful!

Drinkability- I enjoy this beer. It's definitely not a beverage for lite beer drinkers. I think it is an exceptional beer that should definitely be consumed...great around a campfire!

Photo of Skullbussa
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best gateway drug into the IPA world.

Mouthfeel and hoppyness are certainly well within the tolerances of the IPA-uninitiated but, even better, makes Two Hearted nicely suited for all-day drinkability, if you are so inclined.

A very mild floral fuses very well with the hop nature of this beer, masking the bite of the hops just well enough to "get you over" the IPA wall that stops many.

I rank this second only to O'Dell's IPA in terms of overall taste, this is ABSOLUTELY one of the very best beers you can drink of any type.

Very hard to find on tap outside of the northern midwest. I find very little difference between the bottled and draught examples I have tried, and I have tried many.

Photo of audiobill
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just finished enjoying a couple of bottles of this beauty!
A very well balanced, hoppy IPA,with a smooth finish. Really like the fact that the 7 % alc. is not noticeable whatsoever. Colour is a medium amber with a more yellow- orange tinge. Would gladly buy more & would recommend this one to IPA lovers.

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A - Light copper, pours a hazy with effervescence. Nice full head; wee bit of lacing.

S - Abundantly floral, with pine, grass, overtone of grapefruit. ROunded out with a perfect sour-sweet malt. Same profile as plenty of IPAs, but this smells assuredly balanced.

T - Big citric bitter burst up front. Tapers off fine into a good bready-English malt palate. Vibrant and flavorful, but still completely refreshing. A nice sweet/bitter balance that yields notes of blossoms, cinnamon and orange as it warms a bit.

M - More full and sticky than I'd expect, given how drinkable it is.

O - Really blown away by this. I cannot count how many IPA's I've had in my life, but finally trying the Two-Hearted Ale I see why it's such a mainstay of the Midwest. This one is magnificent.


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Photo of Doomcifer
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of bsp77
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Emnmarko
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Nice, orangish clean and clear

S- Citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, and floral.

T- Citrusy notes. Crisp, lemon/grapefruit. Nice even-not over powering-hop flavor.

M- flows good down to the gut. Finishes easy not too dry.

O- This is my go to IPA. Easy to drink with a nice kick. I love a citrusy beer and this one hits the mark.

Photo of rallison
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color topped by a bleach white head with decent retention that leaves loads of lacing down the glass.

Sweet floral hops take over and perhaps some lemony citrus hop smell. What a wonderful smell!

Sweet hops dominate the taste but is followed by some thin pale malt taste. Finishes sweet and dry. MMMmmm.

Full hop flavor that leaves the mouth dry and dying for MORE MORE MORE! This is a wonderful beer. I can't wait to have some more. I repeat, please distribute to the south, Bell's.

Thanks to CRJMellor for sending me this WONDERFUL beer. Bless that man.

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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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